The problems continue to mount for the upcoming Summer Olympics in Rio, with the latest setback being news that parts of a mutilated body washed up on the beach just yards from the venue where beach volleyball will be held.
“The discovery, first reported to a newspaper by a Rio street vendor, is the latest to unnerve the city as it grapples with rising crime, a recession and exhausted state finances at a time when it hoped to be celebrating the first Olympics ever held in South America,” Reuters reports.
The report adds: “It was unclear Wednesday afternoon what conditions may have led to the mutilated body but a policeman standing guard by a security perimeter confirmed its existence to Reuters.”
The Rio Games, which will be televised by NBC and the NBCUniversal cable networks, have also struggled with debt problems, while a number of athletes have dropped out due to fears over the Zika virus.
“The Olympics, which start August 5, were intended to show off an economic boom that has since fizzled in Latin America’s biggest country,” Reuters notes. “Now the games come as the state of Rio de Janeiro awaits emergency funding of 2.9 billion reais ($892 million) to ensure financing for public services.”
Media reports note that violence has surged in parts of Rio in recent days after a drug trafficker escaped from a Brazilian hospital a little more than a week ago. Gun battles in the city’s slum areas have heightened concerns over security for the Olympics.