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Impact of olympic games on host cities

Messenger Hosting the Olympic Games can be a dubious honour. There can be significant and lasting benefitsbut the burden of holding one of the biggest sporting events on Earth can also create and exacerbate problems such as debtgentrificationcity cleansingmilitarisation of public space and environmental damage.

And Rio is no exception: Some 22, families were evicted in the lead up to the games. Meanwhile, more than 2, people have been killed by police in the city since it was awarded the games in Preparations have dominated spending priorities for the past seven years, meaning Rio has been unable to allocate enough funds to crucial services such as education and health. Teachers and students have been protesting against cuts to education, and the state will continue to experience a healthcare emergency during the games.

This has left the International Olympic Committee scraping the bottom of the barrel for host cities. And the summer games are no better off — potential hosts are dropping like flies, with Rome looking likely to bow out of the race after electing an anti-Olympic Mayor. Protesters march against the Olympics in Rio. One common suggestion is to have a single host city for the Olympic Games — perhaps in Greece. The problem with the Olympics in their current form is the huge amount of spending on new construction in one location for one event.

Even spending on new transport infrastructure is often not directed towards the long-term needs of citizensinstead seeking to serve tourists for 17 days, with little thought given to the needs of the taxpayers who ultimately foot the bill. But, as Boykoff rightly points outsaddling a city such as Athens with this behemoth every four years may not be a particularly appealing prospect for the people who live there — particularly given the dire state of the Greek economy at the moment.

He suggests having five different host cities, and rotating the responsibility between them every five years. While this may be preferable for residents, it only really manages to share the pain around. A more radical reform is required.

Hosting the Olympics has become the contest no one wants to win, and the IOC is worried

Adam Talbot, Author provided A suitable solution might arise through embracing technology. In the 21st century, the vast majority of people experience the Olympic Games through the media — mainly television. As Maurice Roche notes, the Olympics are a global media event, which create a unique cultural space where physical distance and time differences can be broken down.

A global solution So, why not host the games all over the world? This would also solve another problem: Holding sports where a fan base exists would also drive up ticket sales for events with embarrassingly low levels of attendance. And holding the events over the same time period would mean that very little changes for fans watching on TV. Most crucially, the degradation of human rights in Olympic host cities would finally be history.

  1. South Korea had a vision to improve the relations with the North and Soviet Union and increase Korean exports.
  2. He suggests having five different host cities, and rotating the responsibility between them every five years.
  3. Only five of the stadiums are still used which gives the appearance that economic impact is one-time for the city 2.

The Olympics have the potential to bring the world together. But the glow of the games has been tarnished by terrible abuses of power committed in host cities around the world. As a global civil society, we should all stand up for a better Olympic movement — a mega-event fit for the 21st century.

And what better way is there for the global community to reclaim the Olympics than to spread it all over the world?