Laura McQuillan writes at Stuff:
Nothing says “we’re a world-class city” like hosting the Olympic Games – but could New Zealand ever do the honours?
Actually nothing says we are giant suckers more than hosting the Olympic Games.
Pulling off the world’s largest sporting event – whether the Summer or Winter Games – is a lot of hard slog that brings mountains of debt, international criticism, and often not a lot of benefit.
But International Olympic Committee boss Thomas Bach reckons New Zealand has what it takes to play host.
The IOC is always looking for a stupid country with lots of money to benefit them. You pay for all the costs and take all the risks, and the IOC gets most of the revenue risk free.