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The dark side of The Olympics

Updated on August 10, 2016
The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. | Source

Friday 5 August in the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A magnificent opening ceremony declares the two most intense and important sportweeks as started. Millions of people watch the Games in the stadiums in Rio and Billions of others at home, in front of the TV. But what happens with Rio afterwards? When the last journalist has left and Sporters are training again for the next Games. When the sport fans are gone...

The sucess of Bracelona

Well some accomodations' faith is already decided. A huge sports hall will accomodate several schools. If there is money... And the Games already costed billions for a country with many people living in dangerous and extremely poor favelas, right next to the stadiums. Why does the government gives that much for the Olympic Games and the World Championship instead of helping the locals? They think (and hope) they will help the local economy on long-term. They try to become famous, to attract tourists and most importantly to stand out for many years aferwards. Or even forever. Look at Barcelona, Spain for example. They succeed. The city hold the Olympics 1992 and immediatly became the 12th most popular city in the world and the 5th in Europe. Before the Games, the city was a dirty industrial backwater, located in the 'annoying' Catalonia region. The Olympics needed Subway-lines, brand new highways, a bigger airport, ... In short: a lot of money. Spain and Barcelona had it and spent it smartly. And that's why it succeed. Let's hope that Brazil follow that example with all their new accomodations from the World Championships (2 years ago) and the Olympics.

The 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain.
The 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain. | Source

The civilwar in Sarajevo

But it can turn out very differently. Due to several crisises (Wars, Economic Crisic, ...) are many cities and countries left with a huge debt after holding the Olympics and/or the FIFA World Cup.

Look at Sarajevo for example. The capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina was heavily bombed, less than 10 years after holding the Winter Games in 1984 during the Bosnian War. The brand new facilities became abandoned. They are never used again and are now waiting to be deconstructed or vandalised.

The bobsled facility
The bobsled facility

The economic crisis in Greece

That it's not smart to spend $15 billion that you don't have is something Greece experienced in 2004. Strange, because it's not that Greece didn't have experience with holding the Olympics. Greece is home to the original ancient Games, hold in Olympia from the 8th century BC. Athens even hold the Modern Games several times. In 2004, the Summer Olympics were hold again in the capital and right afterwards, the country fell into an economic crisis. Stadiums became abandoned because there was no money to do something else with the buildings. And Greek sporters couldn't use facilities thát big, something also happened in South Africa after the World Cup and what any people are worrying about for Rio in a few years.

A huge parking site is even home to refugee-tents. A Stadium and some sport fields are just abandoned, waiting for Urban spotters and photographers...


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