Other Cities

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.

londonHost of 2012 Summer Games || Opposing the games = Games Monitor

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

Host of 2010 Winter Games || Opposing the games = 2010 Watch || Impact on Community Coalition

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

bejing
Host of 2008 Summer Games || Opposing the games = no official – Human Rights Watch

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

“Costly Sporting” – Athens games $5.3 billionUS over budget – costly_sporting-greeces_post-olympic_woes-2005
saltlakecity
Host of the 2002 Winter Games || Opposing the games = Olympic bid scandal

sydneyHost of 2000 Summer Games || Opposing the games = PISSOFF

Report on the cost of the 2000 games.

atlantaHost of the 1996 Summer Games || Opposing the games = homelessness case study

Atlanta’s Olympic Legacy: More Poverty, Less Freedom
Paying a high price for the Games

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.

Games Bid News – The purpose of our publication is to keep readers independently informed and up-to-date with information about the Olympic Bid process and candidate city bids from around the world. Bids have a major impact on the future of the bid cities and it is important that everyone be informed and involved. We will be presenting different ideas and viewpoints and encourage you to let us know how you feel.

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