i've been wondering about rio too. lots of doping hanging over the games, massive (domestic) political crisis in brazil, zika, and i think rio's just declared a state of emergency. hopefully things come together OK, but it's got the makings of a gongshow.
i think they should give give the summer games to greece indefinitely - or even just for the next 20 years.
Why Greece? That country is just as corrupt amd in financial shambles as is Brazil. The IOC should award cities that can actually handle in the games. Cities that already have venues that can be used and hotels that can occupy masses of spectators. The games always leave cities amd countries in more than imaginable debt. Los Angeles with its maddedning traffic is the only city worth having the summer games because so much is already hear and wont go to waste. If I am not mistaken no city has yet to break even by hosting any games.
well, the greeks invented it. and they've hosted recently, so they already have the machinery in place. they have a pretty robust tourist sector, so that's in place. economy sucks? yes. but the games could bring in some $.
if you look at the way things are going, wealthy, stable democracies don't want the games any more. there have been a handful of places recently that have actually voted
against holding them: Toronto, Boston, Hamburg, etc. it's far, far too wasteful to rebuild the entire games infrastructure from scratch every 2 years, and increasingly the only countries who are willing and able to are non-democratic.
So what if the Greeks invented the games. Do you think that back in 1896 they thought the games would be as big as they are now with over 200 nations to be represented? Athens had a much smaller population and could handle the ten or so events. Athens could not handle its last hosting and the country is still suffering due to its lost. No matter how robust tourism is in Greece, the country is poor and has been for a while now.
There are too many costs and many more losses involved which is why so many cities do not want them. Budapest? For the Hungarians to want them is surprising to me because the city is not that big. I think the IOC should allow consideration to cities that can actually handle the venues with too much more to build and that will be useful to communities afterward.
DISH is how we do it.