The Olympics have been sold to the public as a panacea for all problems. They’ll bring new riches to the host city! They’ll create thousands of great jobs! They won’t hurt the environment! They’ll bring needed resources to imporvished neighborhoods! Don’t believe it! Here are stories and reports from other cities who have hosted or are hosting the games.
London games wildly over budget
Read report on true cost from the House of Commons – house_commons-budget_2012_games (pdf)
Bid books lie – London games cost soared from Pounds 4.9 to 9.3 billion
London Olympics could cost $9 billion pounds
The Surveillance Olympics
“Intensifiication of policing, surveillance implications”
“Vancouver credit rating downgraded as Olympic debt grows” It’s worth it, right?
“Olympic Village may cost Vancouver taxpayers $875M: Mayor” But they were PROMISED it wouldn’t!
“Vancouver games will make no profit” No kidding.
“Calculating the true cost of the Olympics – Vancouver’s security bill goes from $175 million to $1 billion”
“Olympic land grab”
“Ottawa orders close scrutiny of Olympic Spending”
“Critic crunches Vancouver Olympics security members”
“2010 Games in crisis”
Beijing – One year later – from Sports Illustrated. Venues sit unused.
COHRE: One World, Whose Dream? Housing Rights Violations and the Beijing Olympic Games
The 2008 Olympics: Subterranean Rot
China’s All-Seeing Eye
ATHENS – Host of 2004 Summer Games || Opposing the games = Olympic dreams turn to dust
Olympic Games Research
The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), faced with the challenge implicit in Barcelona’s nomination as host city of the 25th Olympic Games, promoted the creation of the Centre d’Estudis Olímpics in 1989 for the purposes of research, documentation, training and dissemination of information on Olympism and sport.
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