THIS MONTH BRINGS THE SUMMER OLYMPICS and millions of people will flood into Rio to catch the live sports action from the best of every country, competing for the highest recognition in the sporting world. Rio has invested no less than USD11.6 billion to make the event happen. It has ameliorated slums, cleaned up the mess created by drug lords waging turf wars across its cities, built new sports and tourism facilities. Yet there is much to be desired. The world’s top athletes will be competing in less than ideal environments, and against a looming threat of Zika and Super Bacteria and the blemish of petty crime. The real question is, will Rio benefit in the long run from the hefty undertaking? Already the government is doubting its ability to pay to maintain order after the event. The Olympics may attract the world’s attention, but what happens when the show is over? Will Rio’s efforts count and spell the beginning of progress? Or will the country be overwhelmed by its old problems once more?