Rio will be hosting the 2016 Olympics! We’re discussing this now on our programme. What do you think of the result?
Mark says that as a Londoner, he can well remember the joy around the city when London found out it had won the 2012 bid.
It didn’t take long for the joy to evaporate. The day after the announcement came the 7/7 suicide bomb attacks…..and as for the Olympics, there were plenty of rows about funding and whether the rest of the country feels involved.
At their best the Olympics improve tourism, regenerate neglected areas and inspire children to take up sports.
At the other end of the scale they can leave a city in debt for generations.
Each previous host city has their own Olympic legacy.
The Athens Olympics left Greece with a huge national debt and buildings left empty and neglected.
The Sydney Olympics were a source of national pride of Australians and were herald as one of the best organized. We wait to see what London’s legacy will be.
So are the Olympics a blessing or curse for the chosen city? Do you want the Games in your city ? If you’re in one of the potential host cities, what’s the mood ? And isn’t it about time that the Games went to South America and one day, Africa ?