Russian athlete ban, not Rio prep, to be 2016 Olympics’ legacy

The 2016 Summer Olympics are finally here, opening this week in Rio de Janeiro amid a plethora of con­cerns, including the Zika virus, water con­t­a­m­i­na­tion, and civil unrest. Here, Olympics expert and asso­ciate teaching pro­fessor Philip D’Agati explains what we can expect and says of the city, “Their plan­ning hasn’t been that bad.”

3Qs: Will ‘superbug’ in Rio’s waters harm Olympic athletes?

A new study from a team of Brazilian sci­en­tists has found that a drug-​​resistant bac­terium has been growing off two city beaches bor­dering Gua­n­abara Bay, where Olympic sailors will com­pete next month. We asked Daniel Faber, pro­fessor of soci­ology and director of Northeastern’s Envi­ron­mental Jus­tice Research Col­lab­o­ra­tive, to dis­cuss the social, polit­ical, and sci­en­tific impli­ca­tions of the findings.

Boston 2024 chairman: Olympics could be ‘transformative’ for city

At Northeastern’s CEO Break­fast Forum, Boston 2024 Part­ner­ship Chairman John Fish out­lined why he believes hosting the Olympic Games could be the most trans­for­ma­tive expe­ri­ence in the city’s history.

3Qs: Could Boston host the Olympics?

Boston is on the short list of cities for a poten­tial U.S. bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. Here, assis­tant pro­fessor of busi­ness Rosanna Garcia, who has vis­ited the past eight Summer Games, dis­cusses what it takes to host the inter­na­tional event and what it could mean for the city.