Ethical Dilemmas Of Hosting The Olympics

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Billions of dollars and hours are spent, every four years, preparing for the Olympics. In the mid 1990’s, the schedule was modified to have alternating summer and winter games on a biyearly cycle. Countries fight for the honor of hosting these worldwide games. At first glance, it may seem exciting and glamorous to be chosen to host the games. The Olympics can offer the opportunity for the world to see the host city and surrounding area at its best, potentially generating future tourism and fame. A short term economic boom may result due to the creation of jobs, added tourist revenue, and other growth. Hosting the Olympics generates excitement and enthusiasm in cities and countries that may need a boost. However, when one takes a look further…show more content…
For most, the Olympics are an exciting time to show pride and patriotism, however, for the people residing in the host city, the Olympics can also be a horrifying and life-changing event. The host cities are concerned with creating enough space to build the infrastructures needed for the games. Because most cities are already fully developed, the only way to accomplish this is by shutting down businesses and evicting citizens from their homes, generally leaving them with minimal compensation to start over. According to the Center on Housing Rights and Evictions, “1.5 million residents of Beijing will have been displaced by the time the Olympics start there” (“Residents Refused to Make Way for Beijing Olympics”). Imagine the number of families forced from their homes as the landscape of their cities are changed…show more content…
Consider the large number of athletes and spectators who come into a small area for a few weeks during the event. According to WalletHub, a personal finance website, the 2016 Rio Olympics were estimated to have nearly 10,500 athletes and a half a million foreign spectators (Pearl), plus the vast number of “locals” brought in to staff the event, hotels, restaurants, and other venues necessary to handle the extra crowds. Many negative environmental impacts can be associated with large crowds—water and air pollution, potential spread of disease, and extra use of resources such as water and electricity can have lasting

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