To be fair, I'm not in a position to write anything definitive about the Olympics for the simple reason that I barely saw any of it. Thus, I am reduced to reliance on Robert Hardman's excellent summary in The Mail. The first photograph sums it up and indicates that I was not alone in ignoring the whole ghastly pantomime:
According to Mr. Hardman, "At some events, you could measure the vacant plastic by the acre." Hardly surprising given that Brazil is a corrupt, disease-ridden, third world country run by crooks and gangsters but at least the corruption made it that much easier for them to deal with the equally corrupt Grand Panjandrums who run the international Olympic games. Meanwhile, as the greasy money changed hands in the swank hotels and villas, back in the slums of Rio:
The shootings continue. The poverty continues. The 30 per cent of the population with no sanitation now have even less chance of a flushing lavatory because the city has blown the budget on crummy sporting facilities.
Also, if you listened carefully you might just have heard a ghostly laugh from hell currently occupied by the late, unlamented João Havelange, a former Brazilian capo di tutti capi who ran both the Olympics and that other example of international sporting rectitude, FIFA. - yeeeeeeees, quite!
So the stadia were unfinished, the seats were empty, the athletes' accommodation was slum-like, the food was atrocious, the swimming pools kept turning green and, to cap it all, the money's all gone so there's nothing left for the 'crip' games. They should thank their lucky stars that they don't have to go! Meanwhile, our dopey 'pols' and all those get-rich-quick 'sporting administrators' are boasting - yes, actually boasting - about how many 'zillions' of our money has been spent for all those sweaty 'hearties' to do whatever it is they actually do.
Well, I want my money back!