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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL September 2017 - Olympics: It's always slipping (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Tue, 10 Oct 2017 08:28:35 +0300

The organizing committee of Paris 2024 swears that everything is under control. Really ? Back on the organization of past and future Olympics, always presented as profitable ... before the disappointment. ---- Athens 2004: 5.3 billion announced, 10 spent ---- The Athens Olympics marked a turning point in the modern Olympics. For the first time and well before the opening, the specter of the defect of payment and Games planted finished quickly has spread out to the open. If the tests have indeed taken place, the final cost of the Games plumbs the country which since 2005 brings the stigma of a hallucinatory expenditure while continuing to pay the interests of the event. ---- Beijing 2008: 2.6 billion announced, 31 spent ---- The People's Republic did not wish to be taken in default and therefore spent without counting for what will remain the most expensive Olympiads of the history. If this flood of money did not disturb great people at the time, some scandals such as the destruction of neighborhoods or the deaths linked to the construction of the Olympic stadium remain gaping wounds for the inhabitants.

London 2012: 4.8 billion announced, 11 spent

The return to Europe of the Games was supposed to symbolize an appeasement of relations between the IOC and civil society. In the end it was nothing. Between a substantial budget overrun and scandals related to the transformations of the East End district in which the former inhabitants and former inhabitants were unable to find their neighborhood, the account is not there. London was forced to reinvest 300 million euros for the stadium's transformation.

Rio 2016: 9 billion announced, 12 spent

Obtained in turbulent conditions in 2009, the Rio Games were to dedicate Brazil as a leading nation. In the meantime, oil revenues have been halved and by 2013 the economy has run out of steam. The result leaves a bitter taste to the inhabitants and inhabitants of Rio, who can only note that the infrastructures promised for the games are of poor quality (even dangerous).

Tokyo 2020: 6.6 billion announced, 13.2 spent

Following the sad habit of the previous Olympics, the Olympic Committee has already gone beyond the initial budget. The cost of the Olympics had already reached $ 13.2 billion in 2016 from $ 6.6 billion in 2016. The organizing committee therefore had to find urgent savings, notably by replacing the architect of the large stadium originally planned. The IOC seems to have understood that the golden years were behind him.

Paris 2024: 6.6 billion announced ...

Can Paris avoid these pitfalls ? It is permissible to doubt this. It is hard to see how or why Paris would be spared by the evils that have plagued the other Olympiads and this from the organization. But since everything is under control, we are asked to believe our decision-makers on parole.

Nico (AL Paris-Nord-Est)

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