Olympic Games: Why cities are snubbing the ‘greatest show on Earth’

It has long been billed as the greatest show on Earth.

Both the summer and winter versions of the Olympic Games are multi-billion dollar spectacles that bring together the world’s top athletes and draw masses of media coverage.

So when residents in the Canadian city of Calgary voted on whether to bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics last week, you might have expected an enthusiastic thumbs-up.

But instead their verdict was clear: thanks, but no thanks.