ATHENS, GREECE - JULY 31: General view of the former Olympic Village in Athens, Greece on July 31, 2014. Ten years ago the XXVIII Olympiad was held in Athens from the 13th - 29th August with the motto "Welcome Home". The cost of hosting the games was estimated to be approx 9 billion euros with the majority of sporting venues built specifically for the games. Due to Greece's economic frailties post Olympic Games there has been no further investment and the majority of the newly constructed stadiums now lie abandoned. (Photo by Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)

How the Olympics rotted Greece

There is no better place to contemplate ephemeral human ambition and a crumbling national economy than a ruined building. In the aftermath of Sunday’s referendum, facing national debts of more than $349 billion and a collapsing economy, Athenians have plenty of choice. They can, of course, climb up to the Parthenon, but perhaps a better choice would be the overgrown Olympic tae kwon do, beach volleyball or softball stadia or the waterless Olympic swimming pools and canoe and kayak facilities.

There, and at the majority of other arenas built for the 2004 Games, nothing remains but decay.

  • simus1

    The silly suggestion that Athens should become the permanent venue for the Olympics because “the facilities are already there” and only require a bit of sprucing up betrays a vast lack of knowledge. It is comparable to buying some great slightly used submarines “in hardly used almost new condition”.

  • UCSPanther

    Makes Jean Drapeau and “Montreal’s Big Owe” look like a well-thought out plan in comparison…

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    When I first heard Greece was getting the Olympics and admission to the EU I knew they were going down.
    Also knew it was going to take a little time.
    Ti-i-i-i-i-ime is on my side.
    Yes it is.