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Published: Thursday, Aug. 14 2014 3:00 p.m. MDT

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Wayne Rout
El Paso, TX

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 over.

Guam_Bomb
BARRIGADA, GU

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.

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