Advantages And Disadvantages Of Hosting The Olympic Games

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Choosing a host country for an Olympic Game is one of the most important decisions the International Olympic Committee makes. Countries that desire to host the Olympic Games go through three stages of the candidature process and after the long seven- year process, the host country for the Game is announced ( Countries propose their candidature to host the Olympics for different reasons. Some of them hope to achieve economic growth by hosting the Game, some want to strengthen their position in the international arena, and others hope to introduce a new sector of investment in the country, such as tourism.
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Although there are many benefits of hosting the Olympic Games, there are also a number of disadvantages.
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For example, the 1936 Berlin Game was intentionally awarded to Germany so the republic could show that it had regained its status among European countries (“Politics and the Olympics”). With the Nazis in power, Adolf Hitler used the event as a platform to prove his theory of racial superiority. Likewise, the 1948 London Game had a greater political significance as the participation came to symbolize political recognition and legitimacy (“Politics and the Olympics”). Germany and Japan were not invited to the London Game because of their war time roles. During the 1956 Melbourne Game, China withdrew after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) recognized Taiwan and it did not return to the Olympics until 1980 (“Politics and the …show more content…
The idea of a permanent venue is not a novel proposition. Greece has long offered to bring the Summer Olympic Games back home (“Permanent Olympic venues: A great (and necessary) idea”). Furthermore, in 1980 the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously passed a resolution calling for, among other things, “urgent consideration to the creation of permanent homes for the Summer and Winter Olympic Games, including one in Greece, their country of origin” (“Permanent Olympic venues: A great (and necessary) idea”). Therefore, the international community needs to objectively analyze the costs and benefits of abolishing the bidding process and make a choice that would result in a fair and mutually profitable

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