Wasn't part of the motivation to hold the games in Athens due to the fact
that we would be commemorating 100 years of Olympic games in the modern era? It
seems that the romantic notion of holding the games blinded a lot of people to
the stark realities. I blame the IOC for being the main driver in creating these
problems without much support or technical assistance being offered to host
cities to utilize the facilities they are creating in a sustainable way that
profits the citizens of that city over the long term. They've been doing it
long enough, they should have the data to help these cities. Such efforts would
legitimize the Olympic movement as a boon to society instead of the corrupt
cronyism that they are currently known for.
I was just there. Things are built in a helter skelter manner among a city
just barely above third world status. The selection committee should consider
the overall capability of a country not just the best political solution.
Having the winter games in Russia is another good example. It is probably best
to use a very small group of sites so that the facilities can be used over and