Which Cities Even Want the Olympics Anymore?

More democracies are taking a pass

For fans who love a cozy, idyllic Winter Olympic site—in a place without a tainted human rights record—the host city selection for the 2022 Games wasn’t an inspiring bake-off. On Friday in Kuala Lumpur, the International Olympic Committee awarded the Games to Beijing over Almaty, Kazakhstan; Beijing becomes the first city in history to host both a summer and winter Olympics. The Bird’s Nest, where Usain Bolt thrilled the world with his record-breaking sprints, will host the opening and closing ceremonies, like it did in the summer of 2008. The nearby Water Cube, where Michael Phelps won eight golds, will freeze over and host curling.

  • ntt1

    I doubt Vancouver would back another bid although the games here were more or less successful. there are just too many cost over runs plus the olympic bosses seem top feel they are royalty ,to be treated as such with five star treatment all the way. The olympic movement is as tired and corrupt as the UN, another utopian project that has morphed into a caricature.

  • dagawker

    I’m thinking that all future Olympics should be held in China. They are the only country on this Earth that will be able to muster together the manpower and resources at below cost.

    Yeah,yeah I know? Imma Racist?

    • eMan14

      The Beijing Olympics cost 40 plus billion dollars. How could that be below cost?

  • David Murrell

    “More democracies are taking a pass”.

    Which suits the corrupt kepto class at the IOC fine. They just awarded the latest summer games bid to corrupt China, yet there was not a peep of questioning of this by our liberal media cartel. Another totalitarian state gets a full propaganda victory; more dinero negro into IOC pockets; and nobody cares. .

  • Jay Currie

    Well that is a darned nice ruin if you ask me…age it a bit and it could look like this

    • UCSPanther

      That is the future for many Olympic venues…

    • andycanuck

      But then Moslems will want to tear it down.

  • UCSPanther

    What we are seeing is reality setting in, and when people do the math (even in a cursory estimation manner), they are seeing that events like the Olympics don’t have a very good cost-benefit ratio these days, and as a consequence, public support for said events is dwindling. No one wants a Big Owe these days, and you can’t blame them.

    The only places that seem interested these days are dictatorships and other authoritarian regimes who are looking for something to stroke their bloated egos.

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  • El Martyachi

    Sweden. Keep piling everything into Sweden.


  • Brett_McS

    I love watching curling … about once every four years.

    • David Murrell

      The CBC loves showing dressage equestrian shows, another grabber to watch with glazed eyes. Quick! Get the remote!

  • tom_billesley

    Aside from the venue, do the games have any meaning?
    Athletics doping: leak of IAAF records of test results.
    A third of medals (146, including 55 golds) in endurance events at the Olympics and World Championships between 2001 and 2012 were won by athletes who have recorded suspicious tests. It is claimed none of these athletes have been stripped of their medals.
    More than 800 athletes – one in seven of those named in the files – have recorded blood tests described by one of the experts as “highly suggestive of doping or at the very least abnormal”.

    Ten medals at London 2012 were won by athletes who have dubious test results.
    In some finals, every athlete in the three medal positions had recorded a suspicious blood test.

  • FactsWillOut

    Can’t have the Olympics competing with the western democracies’ social spending utopias.

  • Dana Garcia

    In the 2012 olympics, London was an armed camp because of jihad threats from muslim immigrants. The government spent $2 billion on security, a far cry from the 1948 games when practically nothing went for policing.

    Strangling sports is another way that islamic immigration has made western society less free — look at what’s happened to marathons.


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  • Norman_In_New_York

    The original ideal for the Modern Olympics was for amateurs from the nations to compete for the love of the sport, with no politics or commercialism intruding on the games. Today, the international athletic meet that comes closest to this ideal is the Maccabi Games in Israel. Most athletes there are amateurs and the lack of media attention is a blessing in disguise.

  • Edubeat

    They should have awarded them to Montreal where there are many relics remaining from the 1976 summer Olympics. Just take a look at some of the venues and you see what we mean