What happens to the Olympic venues after the event ends – Looking at the Dark Side of the Olympics

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What happens to the Olympic venues after the event ends - Looking at the Dark side of the Olympics

Olympics, an event that requires 4 years in making. Entire Stadiums, Villages, and infrastructure worth billions of dollars are built for the event. But what happens to those structures once the event concludes? A look at the disturbing dark side of the greatest show on earth.

The Tokyo Summer Olympics have just concluded and now the wait is on for the 2024 Paris Olympics. As the show will go on every 4 years with the best athletes trying to stretch the limits of the human mind and body, entirely new architecture spring up to life to maximize the pomp and glory of the event. These architectural marvels include stadiums, swimming pools, game villages, and other structures for the participants to compete and live during the event. However, what becomes of these structures once the Olympics conclude? Sometimes these structures are reused as public spaces, other times they are just left abandoned wasting billions of dollars of taxpayers’ money.

1936 Berlin Olympics
This Pool from the 1936 Berlin Olympics event stands today abandoned. Incredibly this venue stands against the test of time and has even withstood World War II that occurred roughly 3 years after the event.

1936 Berlin Olympics

1972 Munich Olympics
In 1972 Munich Games which was also known for the infamous assassination of Israeli athletes by Palestinian terrorists and the subject of Steven Spielberg’s acclaimed movie “Munich” had a new railway station for the Olympics built. However, after the Olympics, the station and the rail tracks lie abandoned with grass now grown between the tracks.

1972 Munich Olympics

1984 Sarajevo Olympics, Bosnia
The Bobsled track was used in Sarajevo, 1984 has since
been abandoned lies in a dilapidated state, and has become a graffiti painting site as most of the structure is broken. It is heard that a few daring cyclists come here for stunts but other than that these huge structures are practical of no use anymore.

1984 Sarajevo Olympics, Bosnia

2004 Athens Olympics
In 2004 Athens for the Beach Volley event, a grand stadium was built with sands to liken the stadium’s feel of an actual beach for complimenting the game. However, after the games, the entire structure was abandoned and the beautiful stadium along with the sands got all covered up in weeds. It was recently reported that Greece might be using this structure to build a Courthouse for the department of justice but is yet to be seen if this structure can actually be recycled into something useful.

2004 Athens Olympics

2008 Beijing Olympics
The Laoshan Bicycle MotoCross (BMX) track which was used for both men and women cycling competitions has been abandoned like all the other venues. In recent years grass has grown all over the contours and slopes crafted to create a spectacle in the games. The land itself has been gathering dust and lies in a decayed state.

2008 Beijing Olympics

2016 Rio Olympics
The Rio Olympics of 2016 was quite infamous for the humanitarian crisis that resulted during the organization of the event. It was alleged that 77,000 poor residents were evicted from the city against their will in order to improve the city’s infrastructure and aesthetics. Billions of dollars were spent to hide the poverty of its citizens. Even the villages for the athletes were deemed unfit to live with major electrical and plumbing problems reported. After the Olympics, the government was unable to use these venues. It was announced that structures would be used as high-end condos but unfortunately, only a few were sold. Ironically the place where thousands lost their homes eventually became uninhabited despite so many vacant apartments.

2016 Rio Olympics

Arunava Bhattacharya, DNI:

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