The Negative Effects Of Hosting The Olympics

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Cities around the world bid millions for the chance of hosting the world’s greatest athletic event: the Olympic Games. Tokyo, Japan spent $150 million to bid for its spot as the 2016 Summer Olympics host, but it ended up losing that bid and the millions of dollars (McBride 5). When Boston had the chance to bid for the 2024 Olympics, many Bostonians were protesting against the Olympics in Boston (Gregory 2). Their anger stems from the negative effects the Olympics bring to its host city. In Montreal, the Olympics inundated the city a $1.5 billion debt (McBride 3). Abandoned Olympic venues decay despite promises to restore them in Rio. (Drehs and Lajolo 2). In Pyeongchang, 58,000 trees in a virgin forest were removed (McCurry 3). Even though cities bid millions to host the Olympics, hosting the Olympics produces negative impacts on the overall economy, the development of the city, and the environment of the host city and its surrounding areas; thus, all these effects indicate that the Olympics may not be worth hosting. The Olympics almost always cause negative economic effects for cities. Although cities expect to earn revenue through the Olympics, not many cities generate a substantial amount of revenue. Los Angeles, the host city of the 1984 Olympics, is a rare example of a city profiting from the Olympics: “Los Angeles actually profited by $100 million from the 1984 Summer Olympics mostly by using existing stadiums” (Perryman 17). That city did generate money, but cities
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