When asked what concerns, if any, he has regarding the upcoming Olympics in Rio, Sports Business analyst Rick Horrow displayed a sense of humor.
“I have no concerns whatsoever,” Horrow deadpanned on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “Next.”
Horrow, of course, was kidding.
“Of course I’ve got concerns,” he said, laughing. “The bottom line of all of this is it is a major, major event. It’s international, and unlike Sochi, these are different kind of concerns. With Sochi, everybody, three months out, (was worried about) terrorism and (said the) infrastructure is not going to be ready.”
Brazil has that and then some.
“Between the Zika virus and corruption and transportation issues and polluted water and (body parts) washing up on the shore, there’s a lot of different kinds of things,” Horrow said. “But I will tell you this: You always hear some of this stuff before the Olympics. It doesn’t mean it’s going to be fixed. It just means that everybody likes to cry wolf and everybody hopes it’s wolf and it’s not real.”
The concern is so real, though, that several athletes have opted not to participate in the Olympics.
“It’s an individual choice,” Horrow said. “You see what Jordan Spieth did. You see what guys like Rory McIlroy do, and they’re saying, ‘Look, we don’t want to run the risk.’”
Horrow will not be going to Brazil, either.
“Honestly, probably not,” he said. “Logistically, if I had everything coordinated for me, I might consider it. But it’s one of those things that I’m not going. It’s the first Olympics I’m missing in the last seven.”