By Scott Salmon

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Olympic Games have always been much more than a sporting event – especially for their hosts. However, since Rio de Janeiro hosted the 2016 Summer Games, non-sporting concerns are threatening the Olympic movement as never before.

In the modern era, hosting the Summer Olympics was often an exercise in "soft power", a spectacle of nationalist propaganda mounted to announce unequivocally a country’s arrival on the world stage.

However, following 1992, when the Olympics appeared to be the catalyst for the renaissance of Barcelona, they have increasingly become an urban project.

For . . .

To read the full NEWS and much more, Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed? Login Here