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News Source: Challenges Facing the 2016 Summer Olympics

“Brazil is the first Olympic Games simultaneously confronting three of the most significant risks from globalization: transnational terrorism, sharp economic decline and domestic political upheaval.” — Derick Hulme

“An unprecedented set of challenges” threaten the success of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil, and call into question the future direction of the Olympic movement, says Derick “Sandy” Hulme, the Arthur L. Russell Professor of Political Science at Alma College.

Globalization and Its Discontents Threaten the Olympic Games

“Brazil is the first Olympic Games simultaneously confronting three of the most significant risks from globalization: transnational terrorism, sharp economic decline and domestic political upheaval” says Hulme. “The Rio Olympic organizers appear to share the concerns of athletes, government officials and spectators around the world—and of Brazilian citizens—concerning their ability to deliver an Olympic success. Rio also calls into question the viability of the International Olympic Committee’s longstanding commitment to expand the pool of potential host countries.”

The 2016 Rio Summer Olympics in Brazil take place Aug. 5-21.

Source: Author of The Political Olympics

Professor Hulme, author of The Political Olympics, a book about the U.S. boycott of the 1980 Olympics, can discuss the political aspects and challenges facing the Summer Games. His research focuses on international politics and sports (Moscow, Afghanistan and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Boycott) and international terrorism (Palestinian terrorism and U.S. Foreign Policy). He also directs Alma’s nationally recognized Model United Nations Team. He has a Ph.D. from Tufts University.

He can be reached at hulme@alma.edu, or (989) 463-7387 (office).

Story published on June 30, 2016