The Rio Olympics is shaping up to be the most pivotal of recent times.
Not because the sporting action is any more anticipated than at previous Games - far from it - but because the Olympic concept has taken so many knocks in recent years that the very credibility of the Games is under threat.
In fairness nike shox tilbud , there has been criticism in the build-up to all Olympic Games in recent memory. This happens -largely -because the hordes of international -media are on site days before the Games kicks off and have to file daily stories with little or no sporting action to discuss. But the build-up to Rio seems worse than normal.
Locally, health has been a big concern with the Zika virus seeing a number of high-profile withdrawals - mostly notably the top four male golfers in the world - even though the official line from the IOC has been that there is nothing to worry about.
Additionally, the water in the bay in which some of the athletes will be swimming has been criticized for being filthier than swimming pool. More -recently, the sub-standard accommodation has been a favorite target - as it was in Sochi two years ago.
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Unusually, perhaps, Chinese athletes - and fans - have also been complaining on social media, with some joking that the athletes' biggest challenge will be simply to return home alive.
But the pressure has been building on China's athletes and officials alike, with Liu Peng Tilbud Herre Dame Nike Air Max 97 Sko Summit White , head of China's Olympic Committee, saying that the country will face sterner competition in some of the disciplines it traditionally dominates. China will still, no doubt, see success in diving, gymnastics and some of the other sports Liu mentioned Billige Herre Nike Air Max 95 KPU Sko Sort , but his comments prove that - in China as elsewhere - funding has to be justified by medals.
But it is the issue of doping that has arguably created the biggest cloud for Rio.
By refusing to issue a blanket ban on Russian athletes for state-sponsored -doping, the IOC has transferred the -burden to individual sporting federations. While arguing that this is somehow more fair to those affected, the result has done nothing to repair the damaged reputation of the Olympics.
Athletics - the showpiece event of the Games - already has its credibility in tatters. If these Games fails to win over sports fans from around the world, the Olympics may lose its relevancy forever.
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JOHANNESBURG, Dec. 23 (Xinhua) -- The South African people expect their government to try all means to fulfill the late former President Nelson Mandela's vision of an equal society where the rich and the poor share the state resources in a way that eradicates poverty and closes the gap between them, an expert has told Xinhua.
Johannesburg-based independent political analyst and attorney Danmark Herre Nike Shox Avenue Sko Sort Rød , Sabelo Ngwenya said that as South Africa ventures into a post- Mandela era, the first task of the government will be to identify the major challenges that the country is facing.
"The current challenges facing South Africa as a country are poverty; race-based economic inequalities and corruption. The gap between the rich and the poor is too wide," Ngwenya said in an interview.
According to Ngwenya, the dream of Mandela who fought hard to establish an equal society is yet to be fulfilled.
It is now the government's task to fulfill this dream by ensuring that the previously disadvantaged people are empowered in a way that will enable them to get a fair share of the country's riches, said Ngwenya.
Ngwenya said Tilbud Herre Nike Shox 807 Sko Sort Rød , "The people of South Africa expect their government to address the various challenges like poverty, corruption and address the well-known race-based economic disparities that are relic of the country dark apartheid past.
"Although the death of Mandela united South Africans across tribes and races, that unity could quickly breakdown if the poor feel they are not given enough economic opportunities."
The expert also noted that the continued election of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) into power since 1994, is a true reflection that South Africans trust that the ANC-led government will fulfill Mandela's dream and try hard to uphold Mandela's legacy.
However, Ngwenya said that in return to that trust people expect the government to provide them with basic services Tilbud Herre Nike Shox 807 Sko Hvid Grå , such as water, electricity, food and other life essentials.
He said the government should create enough jobs for South Africans and improve their lives.
Ngwenya warned that due to the slow delivery of these expectations by the government, South Africans are becoming impatient.
"The recent public booing of South African President Jacob Zuma at the memorial service of the late struggle icon held at FNB stadium is a clear indication that the current ANC leadership has lost the public goodwill it had during Nelson Mandela's term of office.
"This was a strong message by ordinary South Africans that they do not trust that Jacob Zuma and the current ANC government are doing their best to uphold and build on Nelson Mandela's legacy," Ngwenya said.
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