Amidst controversy surrounding Russia's human rights record and domestic security concerns, the Sochi Winter Olympics faces even further adversity in the form of the heightened environmental risk caused by the construction of venues for the event.

Environmental engineers say the new Olympic venues in Sochi will exacerbate the risk of flooding in the region as a result of both site selection and the failure of construction companies to account for local geographic conditions. The sites chosen for the Olympic venues are situated in Imeretinsky lowlands, a…