Olympics is a worldwide sporting event that is meant to bring and represent world peace regardless of existing political situations. It is argued that Olympics do not serve this purpose and should be discontinued. The following is a look at the downfalls of the Olympic sporting event as it is debated today.
- Expensive, poorly directed money
- Overwhelming post game financial liabilities
- Bidding is highly political and takes time, money and land away from immediate needs of city
- Product of Eurocentrism and racism
- Should not support countries with poor human rights record
See also Arguments For
Expenses and poorly directed money
Hosting the Olympics is very expensive, Greece spent â‚¬12 billion on the 2004 Athens Olympics and MontrÃ©al is still paying off the cost for hosting the Olympics in 1976. The bidding itself can be millions of dollars that go to nothing if the city is not selected for the games. Will even if the city is selected for the Olympic Games the regeneration is often in the capital city and therefore in the place where it is least needed. Taxpayers may go on paying Olympic debts for years after; tax dollars that could have gone into infrastructure and economy. The resulting tourism and attention from an Olympic event is not enough to justify the cost.
Bidding takes time, money and land.
Officially, the bidding process is only supposed to take two years but cities may begin the jostling for position soon after the last games on their continent for the next time around. This could mean that money and political power is being used 10 or 12 years ahead of the next Olympics on that continent. It is not uncommon for a city to spend $20 million on a bid but still lose out. It is also common practice for cities to hold reserves of money and land for the potential future Olympic Village until the final bid is known. This is a practice that takes away from the immediate needs of the city and funds are normally drawn from general sporting allowances, decreasing the amount of money that is available for other sporting activities the rest of the time.
Olympics are Eurocentric and racist
Olympics is disguised as a cultural event and its exclusionist by nature. Modern Olympics, having European roots, represent a movement to spread European ideologies over the globe and discourage other cultures from pursuing their own cultural sporting events. ' Olympic values' meant to encourage countries to be socially responsible is actually a ploy to promote the European governmental system.
Olympics supports countries with human rights issues
The 1980 USSR Olympics in Moscow and the 2004 China Olympics in Beijing gave support to these countries that did not follow the global community's respect for human rights and good government. China, as a communist dictatorship, does not respect freedom of expression, uncensored media and other human rights. Countries with records of poor social responsibility should not be rewarded with the Olympics and instead banned or boycotted to force them to make changes and improvements to their government.
Post games liabilities
After the crowds and teens have gone home the host city is left with the huge Olympic sized stadiums, pools and tracks with you people to use them. Even in Sydney, a city strongly partial to sports, taxpayers are playing 32 million a year for underused stadiums. Many of the infrastructure projects, built to sustain the huge but temporary increase of population, are no longer as effective once the population returns to normal. Cities would be better off investing the money in well-designed community development, transportation or other infrastructure.
See also Arguments For Olympics