No matter how you spin it, the Olympic Games in Rio were a success in every respect.
They were an athletic success because of the many record performances and exciting high points, all achieved against a superb backdrop. And they were also an organizational success, despite getting off to an uneven start. But what mega sporting events run smoothly from the very beginning?
Athletes and visitors were safe, even though it meant that the authorities had to transform their city into a military high-security zone. But we are experiencing the same thing at mass events in Europe at the moment. The Zika virus wasn’t a problem, although this was probably due to the cool winter weather and not the precautions taken by the Brazilian government.