All eyes will be on Rio today with the official start of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, and the Opening Ceremonies.

All the glitz and glamour that is the Opening Ceremonies will take center stage in what could be perhaps one of the most memorable, not for what happens on the playing surface, but for the infrastructure issues with Rio, and Brazil, and the actions of the International Olympic Committee with the doping issues, in recent memory.

Rio has had numerous issues with crime, contaminated water, and a change of leadership at President. The beach, where beach volleyball is to be played had a foot, and other body parts wash ashore this week. This is a stark reminder of the violence that plagues the slums of Rio. As a matter of fact, in 2014, it was named the deadliest place in the world outside of Syria.

Thirty-two tons, yes, I said tons, of dead fish had to be removed from the rowing and canoeing lagoon before events can take place. And, all of the athletes have been advised to cover wounds, not swallow the water, and wash immediately after exiting during the triathlon.

Brazil’s first female President, Dilma Rousseff, who helped bring the games to Rio, was impeached over accusations that she doctored accounts to show an optimistic economic outlook earlier this year. Michael Temer, the former Vice-President, is the acting President.

Rio, and the country of Brazil, need everyone to get a quick case of amnesia and enjoy the Olympics. They’ve invested $11.5 billion dollars to host the game and have 85,000 security personnel working the games. That’s more than twice as many as London in 2012.

Now, the folks at the National Broadcasting Company, or NBC, have invested $1.23 billion into covering the 2016 Olympics and will bring the games home, and some of the more compelling stories that they’ll definitely follow are below.

Can Michael Phelps, who has won more Olympic medals than any other athlete, and will be the flag-bearer, improve upon his current count of 22? He will swim in three events, including the 200-meter butterfly.

Can Usain Bolt continue to solidify his world’s fastest human crown at the age of 30? Bolt, who has won the 100-meters, 200-meters, and helped his relay teams win the 4x100-meter race in each of the last three summer games will look to make it four in a row.

Can the gentleman’s game, golf, make a triumphant return after a 112-year absence? Many of the world’s top golfers will not compete because of the fear of the Zika virus.

The US men’s team consists of Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Patrick Reed and Matt Kutcher, while the women’s team has Lexi Thompson, Stacy Lewis and Gerina Piller.

If you’re a basketball fan, don’t miss what should be a walk to the gold medal by the US Men’s team, and probably Women’s teams. I have to give USA Basketball some props after Coach Mike Krzyzewski got on his guys for showboating in a blowout win in their warm up games.

I hope the games go off without a hitch, and the United States leads the way in medal count. One thing’s for sure, they probably won’t receive any pressure from the Russian’s, who just can’t get away from the doping scandal.