With the hype of the Rio Olympics, let us look back at the past countries which hosted the Olympics… And left ruins in its wake.
The Olympics, grand, exciting, and adrenaline-filled as they may be, isn’t cheap to host. While there are a lot of countries out there that can host the Olympics without putting a dent in the national budget, there are also less financially capable countries who give hosting the Olympics a shot… only for them to suffer the consequences later on.
Just think about it: a country has to build a large enough stadium to accommodate the athletes, their entourage, and of course, the audience. The host country also needs to invest in security, as well as pay for the labor of every single person involved in the event. That’s no easy feat!
That’s why we can look back at Olympic hosts from decades past that were benevolent enough to host the event, only for their investment to lie in dire decay.
1936 Berlin Summer Olympics
Before the Second World War broke out, Germany hosted the Olympics. And yes, at the time, Adolf Hitler ruled the country. You can’t really blame people for not wanting to turn the place into a tourist spot, considering the man behind it was one of the most hated people in history.
The main amphitheater.
1952 Helsinki Summer Olympics
Finland was supposed to host the Olympics in 1940, but this was cancelled due to World War II. At the time, the Helsinki Summer Olympics held the most number of world records broken until the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
The swimming stadium.
No one’s taken a dive here in more than half a century.
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