No no no NZ should never host the Olympics

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 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.


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