Why Rio Olympics could be a disaster

Crime, Corruption and Zika: Why the Rio Olympics Could Be a Disaster

The Rio de Janeiro Olympics will begin in less than two months, and they couldn't be coming at a worse time for host nation Brazil.

Law enforcement officials are battling a crime wave around the host city. Murders in the state of Rio through April 2016 were up 15% compared to 2015, and street robberies were up 24%.

Brazilians attribute that to the country's recent recession, the worst Brazil has seen since the 1930s.

Authorities have promised to keep the area safe, pledging 85,000 troops and police to keep the peace for the games, but there's not a lot of faith in Brazil's government at the moment.

The country is in the midst of a massive political upheaval. President Dilma Rousseff is facing an impeachment trial after being accused of diverting money from state-run banks to mask budget shortfalls.

Plenty of other Brazilian lawmakers also face accusations of corruption, causing millions of people to protest across the country.

Athletes have also expressed concerns about the Zika virus, the mosquito-borne illness that's putting Brazilian children and mothers at risk.