Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Why Cities No Longer Want to Host the Olympics


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Cities which petition the International Olympic Committee for the right to host the Games may have a double task from now on: Convincing their own population that the Games are good idea. The three cities chosen by the IOC as finalists for the 2020 Games—Madrid, Istanbul, and Tokyo—are facing an unprecedented wave of internal opposition from concerned citizens. In Istanbul, the "No To Olympics" platform summarizes its position thusly: "We know about the Olympics from the cities that hosted them with pride and excitement and afterwards were left with destroyed neighborhoods, heavy debts, displaced millions and facilities left to rot."

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