Cities around the world are questioning if hosting the Olympics is worth it — and here's why

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We're less than a week away from the start of the 2016 Summer Olympics from Rio, and officials are scrambling to put on the finishing touches.

The Olympic Village has been called "uninhabitable", though athletes are moving in nonetheless, and a ramp at the sailing venue was destroyed by 10-foot waves. The overall budget has skyrocketed.

With each passing Olympics, more and more cities around the world are starting to question if hosting the Olympics is worth it.

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Most cities simply do not have the infrastructure required to withstand the two-week influx of athletes, coaches, fans, and media members. The money required to build state-of-the-art athletic facilities is soaring, and academic research suggests spending billions on a two-week event is not a wise investment.

In the worst-case scenario for host cities, Olympic venues go unused after the games and become white elephants — total wastes of space and money. We've seen this at a number of different Olympic sites around the world. Of course, the reasons this happens are specific to each country: Sarajevo, for example, suffered from a gruesome war that caused the 1984 Winter Olympic venues to crumble. Nevertheless, these photos from Reuters, Getty Images, and others have become symbolic of the downside of hosting the Olympics.

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A view of the disused ski jump from the Sarajevo 1984 Winter Olympics on Mount Igman, near Sarajevo September 19, 2013. Abandoned and left to crumble into oblivion, most of the 1984 Winter Olympic venues in Bosnia's capital Sarajevo have been reduced to rubble by neglect as much as the 1990s conflict that tore apart the former Yugoslavia. The bobsleigh and luge track at Mount Trebevic, the Mount Igman ski jumping course and accompanying objects are now decomposing into obscurity. The bobsleigh and luge track, which was also used for World Cup competitions after the Olympics, became a Bosnian-Serb artillery stronghold during the war and is nowadays a target of frequent vandalism. The clock is now ticking towards the 2014 Winter Olympics, with October 29 marking 100 days to the opening of the Games in the Russian city of Sochi. Picture taken on September 19, 2013. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic (BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS SKIING)
A view of the derelict medals podium at the disused ski jump from the Sarajevo 1984 Winter Olympics on Mount Igman, near Sarajevo September 19, 2013. Abandoned and left to crumble into oblivion, most of the 1984 Winter Olympic venues in Bosnia's capital Sarajevo have been reduced to rubble by neglect as much as the 1990s conflict that tore apart the former Yugoslavia. The bobsleigh and luge track at Mount Trebevic, the Mount Igman ski jumping course and accompanying objects are now decomposing into obscurity. The bobsleigh and luge track, which was also used for World Cup competitions after the Olympics, became a Bosnian-Serb artillery stronghold during the war and is nowadays a target of frequent vandalism. The clock is now ticking towards the 2014 Winter Olympics, with October 29 marking 100 days to the opening of the Games in the Russian city of Sochi. Picture taken on September 19, 2013. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic (BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS SKIING TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 22 OF 23 FOR PACKAGE 'SARAJEVO'S WINTER OLYMPIC LEGACY'. TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'DADO IGMAN'
The disused bobsleigh track from the Sarajevo 1984 Winter Olympics is seen on Mount Trebevic, near Sarajevo September 19, 2013. Abandoned and left to crumble into oblivion, most of the 1984 Winter Olympic venues in Bosnia's capital Sarajevo have been reduced to rubble by neglect as much as the 1990s conflict that tore apart the former Yugoslavia. The bobsleigh and luge track at Mount Trebevic, the Mount Igman ski jumping course and accompanying objects are now decomposing into obscurity. The bobsleigh and luge track, which was also used for World Cup competitions after the Olympics, became a Bosnian-Serb artillery stronghold during the war and is nowadays a target of frequent vandalism. The clock is now ticking towards the 2014 Winter Olympics, with October 29 marking 100 days to the opening of the Games in the Russian city of Sochi. Picture taken on September 19, 2013. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic (BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA - Tags: SPORT BOBSLEIGH SOCIETY OLYMPICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 10 OF 23 FOR PACKAGE 'SARAJEVO'S WINTER OLYMPIC LEGACY'. TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'DADO IGMAN'
The disused bobsleigh track from the Sarajevo 1984 Winter Olympics is seen on Mount Trebevic, near Sarajevo September 19, 2013. Abandoned and left to crumble into oblivion, most of the 1984 Winter Olympic venues in Bosnia's capital Sarajevo have been reduced to rubble by neglect as much as the 1990s conflict that tore apart the former Yugoslavia. The bobsleigh and luge track at Mount Trebevic, the Mount Igman ski jumping course and accompanying objects are now decomposing into obscurity. The bobsleigh and luge track, which was also used for World Cup competitions after the Olympics, became a Bosnian-Serb artillery stronghold during the war and is nowadays a target of frequent vandalism. The clock is now ticking towards the 2014 Winter Olympics, with October 29 marking 100 days to the opening of the Games in the Russian city of Sochi. Picture taken on September 19, 2013. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic (BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA - Tags: SPORT BOBSLEIGH SOCIETY OLYMPICS) ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 13 OF 23 FOR PACKAGE 'SARAJEVO'S WINTER OLYMPIC LEGACY'. TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'DADO IGMAN'
Downhill bikers Tarik Hadzic (L-R), Kemal Mulic and Kamer Kolar train on the disused bobsled track from the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics on Trebevic mountain near Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, August 8, 2015. Abandoned and left to crumble into oblivion, most of the 1984 Winter Olympic venues in Bosnia's capital Sarajevo have been reduced to rubble by neglect as much as the 1990s conflict that tore apart the former Yugoslavia. The bobsled and luge track at Mount Trebevic, the Mount Igman ski jumping course and accompanying infrastructure are now decomposing into obscurity. The bobsled and luge track, which was also used for World Cup competitions after the Olympics, became a Bosnian-Serb artillery stronghold during the war and is nowadays a target of frequent vandalism. Picture taken August 8. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic
Downhill bikers Kemal Mulic (L-R), Tarik Hadzic and Kamer Kolar train on the disused bobsled track from the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics on Trebevic mountain near Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, August 8, 2015. Abandoned and left to crumble into oblivion, most of the 1984 Winter Olympic venues in Bosnia's capital Sarajevo have been reduced to rubble by neglect as much as the 1990s conflict that tore apart the former Yugoslavia. The bobsled and luge track at Mount Trebevic, the Mount Igman ski jumping course and accompanying infrastructure are now decomposing into obscurity. The bobsled and luge track, which was also used for World Cup competitions after the Olympics, became a Bosnian-Serb artillery stronghold during the war and is nowadays a target of frequent vandalism. Picture taken August 8. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic
A dog walks past the Olympic snowflake logo on the wall of the Kosevo stadium, the venue of the opening ceremony for the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo September 19, 2013. Abandoned and left to crumble into oblivion, most of the 1984 Winter Olympic venues in Bosnia's capital Sarajevo have been reduced to rubble by neglect as much as the 1990s conflict that tore apart the former Yugoslavia. The bobsleigh and luge track at Mount Trebevic, the Mount Igman ski jumping course and accompanying objects are now decomposing into obscurity. The bobsleigh and luge track, which was also used for World Cup competitions after the Olympics, became a Bosnian-Serb artillery stronghold during the war and is nowadays a target of frequent vandalism. The clock is now ticking towards the 2014 Winter Olympics, with October 29 marking 100 days to the opening of the Games in the Russian city of Sochi. Picture taken on September 19, 2013. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic (BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS ANIMALS BUSINESS LOGO) ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 05 OF 23 FOR PACKAGE 'SARAJEVO'S WINTER OLYMPIC LEGACY'. TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'DADO IGMAN'
The Olympic snowflake logo is seen on the wall of the Kosevo stadium, the venue of the opening ceremony for the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo October 27, 2013. Abandoned and left to crumble into oblivion, most of the 1984 Winter Olympic venues in Bosnia's capital Sarajevo have been reduced to rubble by neglect as much as the 1990s conflict that tore apart the former Yugoslavia. The bobsleigh and luge track at Mount Trebevic, the Mount Igman ski jumping course and accompanying objects are now decomposing into obscurity. The bobsleigh and luge track, which was also used for World Cup competitions after the Olympics, became a Bosnian-Serb artillery stronghold during the war and is nowadays a target of frequent vandalism. The clock is now ticking towards the 2014 Winter Olympics, with October 29 marking 100 days to the opening of the Games in the Russian city of Sochi. Picture taken on October 27, 2013. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic (BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS BUSINESS LOGO) ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 04 OF 23 FOR PACKAGE 'SARAJEVO'S WINTER OLYMPIC LEGACY'. TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'DADO IGMAN'
A general view of the disused ski jump from the Sarajevo 1984 Winter Olympics shrouded in mist on Mount Igman, near Sarajevo September 19, 2013. Abandoned and left to crumble into oblivion, most of the 1984 Winter Olympic venues in Bosnia's capital Sarajevo have been reduced to rubble by neglect as much as the 1990s conflict that tore apart the former Yugoslavia. The bobsleigh and luge track at Mount Trebevic, the Mount Igman ski jumping course and accompanying objects are now decomposing into obscurity. The bobsleigh and luge track, which was also used for World Cup competitions after the Olympics, became a Bosnian-Serb artillery stronghold during the war and is nowadays a target of frequent vandalism. The clock is now ticking towards the 2014 Winter Olympics, with October 29 marking 100 days to the opening of the Games in the Russian city of Sochi. Picture taken on September 19, 2013. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic (BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA- Tags: SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS SKIING TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 01 OF 23 FOR PACKAGE 'SARAJEVO'S WINTER OLYMPIC LEGACY'. TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'DADO IGMAN'
A view of the spectator stands at the disused ski jump from the Sarajevo 1984 Winter Olympics on Mount Igman, near Sarajevo September 19, 2013. Abandoned and left to crumble into oblivion, most of the 1984 Winter Olympic venues in Bosnia's capital Sarajevo have been reduced to rubble by neglect as much as the 1990s conflict that tore apart the former Yugoslavia. The bobsleigh and luge track at Mount Trebevic, the Mount Igman ski jumping course and accompanying objects are now decomposing into obscurity. The bobsleigh and luge track, which was also used for World Cup competitions after the Olympics, became a Bosnian-Serb artillery stronghold during the war and is nowadays a target of frequent vandalism. The clock is now ticking towards the 2014 Winter Olympics, with October 29 marking 100 days to the opening of the Games in the Russian city of Sochi. Picture taken on September 19, 2013. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic (BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS SKIING) ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 20 OF 23 FOR PACKAGE 'SARAJEVO'S WINTER OLYMPIC LEGACY'. TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'DADO IGMAN'
The Olympic Rings are seen on the disused ski jump from the Sarajevo 1984 Winter Olympics on Mount Igman, near Sarajevo September 19, 2013. Abandoned and left to crumble into oblivion, most of the 1984 Winter Olympic venues in Bosnia's capital Sarajevo have been reduced to rubble by neglect as much as the 1990s conflict that tore apart the former Yugoslavia. The bobsleigh and luge track at Mount Trebevic, the Mount Igman ski jumping course and accompanying objects are now decomposing into obscurity. The bobsleigh and luge track, which was also used for World Cup competitions after the Olympics, became a Bosnian-Serb artillery stronghold during the war and is nowadays a target of frequent vandalism. The clock is now ticking towards the 2014 Winter Olympics, with October 29 marking 100 days to the opening of the Games in the Russian city of Sochi. Picture taken on September 19, 2013. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic (BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS SKIING) ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 16 OF 23 FOR PACKAGE 'SARAJEVO'S WINTER OLYMPIC LEGACY'. TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'DADO IGMAN'
A view of the disused ski jump from the Sarajevo 1984 Winter Olympics on Mount Igman, near Sarajevo September 19, 2013. Abandoned and left to crumble into oblivion, most of the 1984 Winter Olympic venues in Bosnia's capital Sarajevo have been reduced to rubble by neglect as much as the 1990s conflict that tore apart the former Yugoslavia. The bobsleigh and luge track at Mount Trebevic, the Mount Igman ski jumping course and accompanying objects are now decomposing into obscurity. The bobsleigh and luge track, which was also used for World Cup competitions after the Olympics, became a Bosnian-Serb artillery stronghold during the war and is nowadays a target of frequent vandalism. The clock is now ticking towards the 2014 Winter Olympics, with October 29 marking 100 days to the opening of the Games in the Russian city of Sochi. Picture taken on September 19, 2013. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic (BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS SKIING)
The disused ski jump from the Sarajevo 1984 Winter Olympics on Mount Igman is seen through broken windows, near Sarajevo September 19, 2013. Abandoned and left to crumble into oblivion, most of the 1984 Winter Olympic venues in Bosnia's capital Sarajevo have been reduced to rubble by neglect as much as the 1990s conflict that tore apart the former Yugoslavia. The bobsleigh and luge track at Mount Trebevic, the Mount Igman ski jumping course and accompanying objects are now decomposing into obscurity. The bobsleigh and luge track, which was also used for World Cup competitions after the Olympics, became a Bosnian-Serb artillery stronghold during the war and is nowadays a target of frequent vandalism. The clock is now ticking towards the 2014 Winter Olympics, with October 29 marking 100 days to the opening of the Games in the Russian city of Sochi. Picture taken on September 19, 2013. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic (BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS SKIING)
REFILE CORRECTING TYPO IN SARAJEVO The logo of the Winter Olympics in Sarajevo is seen on a tower near the Zetra hall, the venue for the figure skating in Sarajevo October 27, 2013. Abandoned and left to crumble into oblivion, most of the 1984 Winter Olympic venues in Bosnia's capital Sarajevo have been reduced to rubble by neglect as much as the 1990s conflict that tore apart the former Yugoslavia. The bobsleigh and luge track at Mount Trebevic, the Mount Igman ski jumping course and accompanying objects are now decomposing into obscurity. The bobsleigh and luge track, which was also used for World Cup competitions after the Olympics, became a Bosnian-Serb artillery stronghold during the war and is nowadays a target of frequent vandalism. The clock is now ticking towards the 2014 Winter Olympics, with October 29 marking 100 days to the opening of the Games in the Russian city of Sochi. Picture taken on October 27, 2013. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic (BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA - Tags: SPORT FIGURE SKATING SOCIETY OLYMPICS BUSINESS LOGO) ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 03 OF 23 FOR PACKAGE 'SARAJEVO'S WINTER OLYMPIC LEGACY'. TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'DADO IGMAN'
The derelict site of Zetra hall, the venue for the figure skating during the Winter Olympics in Sarajevo October 27, 2013. Abandoned and left to crumble into oblivion, most of the 1984 Winter Olympic venues in Bosnia's capital Sarajevo have been reduced to rubble by neglect as much as the 1990s conflict that tore apart the former Yugoslavia. The bobsleigh and luge track at Mount Trebevic, the Mount Igman ski jumping course and accompanying objects are now decomposing into obscurity. The bobsleigh and luge track, which was also used for World Cup competitions after the Olympics, became a Bosnian-Serb artillery stronghold during the war and is nowadays a target of frequent vandalism. The clock is now ticking towards the 2014 Winter Olympics, with October 29 marking 100 days to the opening of the Games in the Russian city of Sochi. Picture taken on October 27, 2013. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic (BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA - Tags: SPORT FIGURE SKATING SOCIETY OLYMPICS) ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 21 OF 23 FOR PACKAGE 'SARAJEVO'S WINTER OLYMPIC LEGACY'. TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'DADO IGMAN'
Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium begins to fall after 350 pounds of explosives detonate in Atlanta, August 2. The stadium, which was built in 1965 and was the home of the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Falcons and was used as a Centennial Olympic venue, was demolished to make room for parking for Turner Field, the new home of the Braves. STADIUM
The 1996 Olympic Games cauldron is seen on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011 in Atlanta. The cauldron was moved from its original Olympic Stadium location to its present resting spot. (AP Photo/Erik S. Lesser)
A barrier tape bearing the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games logo stands out at the front of the deserted and unmaintained former venue for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games rowing competition, located on the outskirts of Beijing March 27, 2012. The gigantic infrastructures built for the Beijing Olympics, namely the "Bird's Nest", and the National Aquatics Centre, also known as the "Water Cube", are now used for cultural and sports events, reminding the world of the flare that blazed during the summer of 2008. However, some other Beijing Olympic venues, such as the rowing and kayaking centre, baseball arena and BMX track, have been left either deserted or been completely demolished. Picture taken March 27, 2012. ATTENTION EDITORS - 5 of 20 PICTURES FOR PACKAGE 'BEIJING'S DESERTED OLYMPIC SITES' REUTERS/David Gray (CHINA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS)
A sign stands at a deserted field showing where the stadium for the 2008 Olympic Games baseball competition once stood in central Beijing March 30, 2012. The gigantic infrastructures built for the Beijing Olympics, namely the "Bird's Nest", and the National Aquatics Centre, also known as the "Water Cube", are now used for cultural and sports events, reminding the world of the flare that blazed during the summer of 2008. However, some other Beijing Olympic venues, such as the rowing and kayaking centre, baseball arena and BMX track, have been left either deserted or been completely demolished. Picture taken March 30, 2012. ATTENTION EDITORS - 20 of 21 PICTURES FOR PACKAGE 'BEIJING'S DESERTED OLYMPIC SITES' REUTERS/David Gray (CHINA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS)
A dog sits atop glass plates at a deserted field that was once part of the stadium where the 2008 Olympic Games baseball competition was held in central Beijing March 30, 2012. The gigantic infrastructures built for the Beijing Olympics, namely the "Bird's Nest", and the National Aquatics Centre, also known as the "Water Cube", are now used for cultural and sports events, reminding the world of the flare that blazed during the summer of 2008. However, some other Beijing Olympic venues, such as the rowing and kayaking centre, baseball arena and BMX track, have been left either deserted or been completely demolished. Picture taken March 30, 2012. ATTENTION EDITORS - 18 of 21 PICTURES FOR PACKAGE 'BEIJING'S DESERTED OLYMPIC SITES' REUTERS/David Gray (CHINA - Tags: ANIMALS SPORT OLYMPICS)
A make-shift broom lies on a deserted field that was once part of the stadium where the 2008 Olympic Games baseball competition was held in central Beijing March 30, 2012. The gigantic infrastructures built for the Beijing Olympics, namely the 'Bird's Nest, and the National Aquatics Centre, also known as the 'Water Cube', are now used for cultural and sports events, reminding the world of the flare that blazed during the summer of 2008. However, some other Beijing Olympic venues, such as the rowing and kayaking centre, baseball arena and BMX track, have been left either deserted or been completely demolished. Picture taken March 30, 2012. ATTENTION EDITORS - 16 of 21 PICTURES FOR PACKAGE 'BEIJING'S DESERTED OLYMPIC SITES' REUTERS/David Gray (CHINA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS)
Tourists pose for photographs on cement Olympic rings next to a lamp resembling the National Stadium, also known as the "Bird's Nest", in the former Olympic Green area in Beijing March 23, 2012. The gigantic infrastructures built for the Beijing Olympics, namely the "Bird's Nest", and the National Aquatics Centre, also known as the "Water Cube", are now used for cultural and sports events, reminding the world of the flare that blazed during the summer of 2008. However, some other Beijing Olympic venues, such as the rowing and kayaking centre, baseball arena and BMX track, have been left either deserted or been completely demolished. Picture taken March 23, 2012. ATTENTION EDITORS - 4 of 20 PICTURES FOR PACKAGE 'BEIJING'S DESERTED OLYMPIC SITES' REUTERS/David Gray (CHINA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS)
A car driven by a student of a driving school slowly moves around the carpark in front of the deserted 2008 Beijing Olympics venue for the cycling competition in central Beijing March 30, 2012. The gigantic infrastructures built for the Beijing Olympics, namely the National Stadium, better known as the "Bird's Nest", and the National Aquatics Center, better known as the "Water Cube", are now used for cultural and sports events, reminding the world of the flare that blazed during the summer of 2008. However, some other Beijing Olympic venues, such as the rowing and kayaking centre, baseball arena and BMX track, have been left either deserted or been completely demolished. Picture taken March 30, 2012. ATTENTION EDITORS - 15 of 21 PICTURES FOR PACKAGE 'BEIJING'S DESERTED OLYMPIC SITES' REUTERS/David Gray (CHINA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS)
A weathered notice is seen on the main gate to the deserted and unmaintained former venue for the rowing and kayaking competitions of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, located on the outskirts of Beijing March 27, 2012. The gigantic infrastructures built for the Beijing Olympics, namely the 'Bird's Nest, and the National Aquatics Centre, also known as the 'Water Cube', are now used for cultural and sports events, reminding the world of the flare that blazed during the summer of 2008. However, some other Beijing Olympic venues, such as the rowing and kayaking centre, baseball arena and BMX track, have been left either deserted or been completely demolished. Picture taken March 27, 2012. ATTENTION EDITORS - 12 of 21 PICTURES FOR PACKAGE 'BEIJING'S DESERTED OLYMPIC SITES' REUTERS/David Gray (CHINA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS)
A security guard tries to find the puncture in the inner-tube of his bicycle tyre by immersing it in the deserted and unmaintained former course for the kayaking competition of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, located on the outskirts of Beijing March 27, 2012. The gigantic infrastructures built for the Beijing Olympics, namely the "Bird's Nest", and the National Aquatics Centre, also known as the "Water Cube", are now used for cultural and sports events, reminding the world of the flare that blazed during the summer of 2008. However, some other Beijing Olympic venues, such as the rowing and kayaking centre, baseball arena and BMX track, have been left either deserted or been completely demolished. Picture taken March 27, 2012. ATTENTION EDITORS - 8 of 21 PICTURES FOR PACKAGE 'BEIJING'S DESERTED OLYMPIC SITES' REUTERS/David Gray (CHINA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS)
The flag poles used for medal ceremonies stand next to the deserted and unmaintained former course for the kayaking competition of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, located on the outskirts of Beijing March 27, 2012. The gigantic infrastructures built for the Beijing Olympics, namely the "Bird's Nest", and the National Aquatics Centre, also known as the "Water Cube", are now used for cultural and sports events, reminding the world of the flare that blazed during the summer of 2008. However, some other Beijing Olympic venues, such as the rowing and kayaking centre, baseball arena and BMX track, have been left either deserted or been completely demolished. Picture taken March 27, 2012. REUTERS/David Gray (CHINA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS)
The 2008 Beijing Olympics venue for the BMX competition lies deserted and overgrown in central Beijing March 30, 2012. The gigantic infrastructures built for the Beijing Olympics, namely the National Stadium, better known as the "Bird's Nest", and the National Aquatics Center, better known as the "Water Cube", are now used for cultural and sports events, reminding the world of the flare that blazed during the summer of 2008. However, some other Beijing Olympic venues, such as the rowing and kayaking centre, baseball arena and BMX track, have been left either deserted or been completely demolished. Picture taken March 30, 2012. REUTERS/David Gray (CHINA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS)
A security fence surrounds the deserted and unmaintained 2008 Beijing Olympics venue for the beach volleyball competition in central Beijing April 2, 2012. The gigantic infrastructures built for the Beijing Olympics, namely the National Stadium, better known as the "Bird's Nest", and the National Aquatics Center, better known as the "Water Cube", are now used for cultural and sports events, reminding the world of the flare that blazed during the summer of 2008. However, some other Beijing Olympic venues, such as the rowing and kayaking centre, baseball arena and BMX track, have been left either deserted or been completely demolished. Picture taken April 2, 2012. ATTENTION EDITORS - 13 of 21 PICTURES FOR PACKAGE 'BEIJING'S DESERTED OLYMPIC SITES' REUTERS/David Gray (CHINA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS)
The 2008 Beijing Olympics venue for the beach volleyball competition lies deserted and unmaintained in central Beijing April 2, 2012. The gigantic infrastructures built for the Beijing Olympics, namely the National Stadium, better known as the "Bird's Nest", and the National Aquatics Center, better known as the "Water Cube", are now used for cultural and sports events, reminding the world of the flare that blazed during the summer of 2008. However, some other Beijing Olympic venues, such as the rowing and kayaking centre, baseball arena and BMX track, have been left either deserted or been completely demolished. Picture taken April 2, 2012. REUTERS/David Gray (CHINA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS)
The 2008 Beijing Olympics venue for the beach volleyball competition lies deserted and unmaintained in central Beijing April 2, 2012. The gigantic infrastructures built for the Beijing Olympics, namely the National Stadium, better known as the "Bird's Nest", and the National Aquatics Center, better known as the "Water Cube", are now used for cultural and sports events, reminding the world of the flare that blazed during the summer of 2008. However, some other Beijing Olympic venues, such as the rowing and kayaking centre, baseball arena and BMX track, have been left either deserted or been completely demolished. Picture taken April 2, 2012. ATTENTION EDITORS - 14 of 21 PICTURES FOR PACKAGE 'BEIJING'S DESERTED OLYMPIC SITES' REUTERS/David Gray (CHINA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
A boat sails past a stand and observation tower at the deserted former venue for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games rowing competition, located on the outskirts of Beijing March 27, 2012. The gigantic infrastructures built for the Beijing Olympics, namely the "Bird's Nest", and the National Aquatics Centre, also known as the "Water Cube", are now used for cultural and sports events, reminding the world of the flare that blazed during the summer of 2008. However, some other Beijing Olympic venues, such as the rowing and kayaking centre, baseball arena and BMX track, have been left either deserted or been completely demolished. Picture taken March 27, 2012. ATTENTION EDITORS - 6 of 21 PICTURES FOR PACKAGE 'BEIJING'S DESERTED OLYMPIC SITES' REUTERS/David Gray (CHINA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS)
A flower-shaped lamp can be seen discarded into the lake of the deserted former venue for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games rowing competition, located on the outskirts of Beijing March 27, 2012. The gigantic infrastructures built for the Beijing Olympics, namely the "Bird's Nest", and the National Aquatics Centre, also known as the "Water Cube", are now used for cultural and sports events, reminding the world of the flare that blazed during the summer of 2008. However, some other Beijing Olympic venues, such as the rowing and kayaking centre, baseball arena and BMX track, have been left either deserted or been completely demolished. Picture taken March 27, 2012. ATTENTION EDITORS - 9 of 21 PICTURES FOR PACKAGE 'BEIJING'S DESERTED OLYMPIC SITES' REUTERS/David Gray (CHINA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS)
The abandoned stadium which hosted the softball competition during the Athens 2004 Olympic Games is seen at the Hellenikon complex south of Athens July 16, 2014. Ten years after Greece hosted the world's greatest sporting extravaganza, many of its once-gleaming Olympic venues have been abandoned while others are used occasionally for non-sporting events such as conferences and weddings. For many Greeks who swelled with pride at the time, the Olympics are now a source of anger as the country struggles through a six-year depression, record unemployment, homelessness and poverty. Just days before the anniversary of the Aug. 13-29 Games in 2004, many question how Greece, among the smallest countries to ever host the Games, has benefited from the multi-billion dollar event. Picture taken July 16, 2014. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis (GREECE - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT POLITICS BUSINESS) ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 11 OF 33 FOR WIDER IMAGE PACKAGE 'TEN YEARS ON - ATHENS' FADING OLYMPIC STADIUMS' TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'BEHRAKIS KARAHALIS'
The abandoned Olympic Canoe and Kayak Slalom Centre is seen at the Hellenikon complex south of Athens July 16, 2014. Ten years after Greece hosted the world's greatest sporting extravaganza, many of its once-gleaming Olympic venues have been abandoned while others are used occasionally for non-sporting events such as conferences and weddings. For many Greeks who swelled with pride at the time, the Olympics are now a source of anger as the country struggles through a six-year depression, record unemployment, homelessness and poverty. Just days before the anniversary of the Aug. 13-29 Games in 2004, many question how Greece, among the smallest countries to ever host the Games, has benefited from the multi-billion dollar event. Picture taken July 16, 2014. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis (GREECE - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT POLITICS BUSINESS) ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 13 OF 33 FOR WIDER IMAGE PACKAGE 'TEN YEARS ON - ATHENS' FADING OLYMPIC STADIUMS' TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'BEHRAKIS KARAHALIS'
ATHENS, GREECE - JULY 31: General view of the Olympic Canoe/Kayak Slalom Center at the Helliniko Olympic complex in Athens, Greece on July 31, 2014. Ten years ago the XXVIII Olympiad was held in Athens from the 13th - 29th August with the motto 'Welcome Home'. The cost of hosting the games was estimated to be approx 9 billion euros with the majority of sporting venues built specifically for the games. Due to Greece's economic frailties post Olympic Games there has been no further investment and the majority of the newly constructed stadiums now lie abandoned. (Photo by Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)
ATHENS, GREECE - FEBRUARY 18: Discarded fencing outside the Olympic indoor pool and the OAKA sports hall in the 2004 Olympic Games Complex on February 18, 2012 in Athens, Greece. In 2004 the Olympics returned to Greece, the birthplace of the ancient and modern Olympic Games, however the legacy of the Games has been called into question with many facilities falling into disrepair less than 8 years after they were held. Following a meeting on Wednesday, finance ministers across the Eurozone are calling for greater scrutiny and oversight of Greece's proposed budget cuts in order to approve the latest 130 billion euro bailout package. The package, which is anticipated to be finalised on February 20, 2012, is essential for Greece to avoid defaulting on a 14.5 billion euro bond it is due to repay in mid-March. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
ATHENS, GREECE - FEBRUARY 18: A stockpile of crowd control barriers and an archery target in the 2004 Olympic Games Complex on February 18, 2012 in Athens, Greece. In 2004 the Olympics returned to Greece, the birthplace of the ancient and modern Olympic Games, however the legacy of the Games has been called into question with many facilities falling into disrepair less than 8 years after they were held. Following a meeting on Wednesday, finance ministers across the Eurozone are calling for greater scrutiny and oversight of Greece's proposed budget cuts in order to approve the latest 130 billion euro bailout package. The package, which is anticipated to be finalised on February 20, 2012, is essential for Greece to avoid defaulting on a 14.5 billion euro bond it is due to repay in mid-March. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
The stands are seen at the abandoned Olympic Canoe and Kayak Slalom Centre at the Hellenikon complex in Athens July 16, 2014. Ten years after Greece hosted the world's greatest sporting extravaganza, many of its once-gleaming Olympic venues have been abandoned while others are used occasionally for non-sporting events such as conferences and weddings. For many Greeks who swelled with pride at the time, the Olympics are now a source of anger as the country struggles through a six-year depression, record unemployment, homelessness and poverty. Just days before the anniversary of the Aug. 13-29 Games in 2004, many question how Greece, among the smallest countries to ever host the Games, has benefited from the multi-billion dollar event. Picture taken July 16, 2014. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis (GREECE - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT POLITICS BUSINESS) ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 14 OF 33 FOR WIDER IMAGE PACKAGE 'TEN YEARS ON - ATHENS' FADING OLYMPIC STADIUMS' TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'BEHRAKIS KARAHALIS'
ATHENS, GREECE - FEBRUARY 18: A rust-covered stairway in the 2004 Olympic Games Complex on February 18, 2012 in Athens, Greece. In 2004 the Olympics returned to Greece, the birthplace of the ancient and modern Olympic Games, however the legacy of the Games has been called into question with many facilities falling into disrepair less than 8 years after they were held. Following a meeting on Wednesday, finance ministers across the Eurozone are calling for greater scrutiny and oversight of Greece's proposed budget cuts in order to approve the latest 130 billion euro bailout package. The package, which is anticipated to be finalised on February 20, 2012, is essential for Greece to avoid defaulting on a 14.5 billion euro bond it is due to repay in mid-March. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
The abandoned Canoe and Kayak Slalom Centre which hosted competitions during the Athens 2004 Olympic Games is seen at the Hellenikon complex south of Athens July 16, 2014. Ten years after Greece hosted the world's greatest sporting extravaganza, many of its once-gleaming Olympic venues have been abandoned while others are used occasionally for non-sporting events such as conferences and weddings. For many Greeks who swelled with pride at the time, the Olympics are now a source of anger as the country struggles through a six-year depression, record unemployment, homelessness and poverty. Just days before the anniversary of the Aug. 13-29 Games in 2004, many question how Greece, among the smallest countries to ever host the Games, has benefited from the multi-billion dollar event. Picture taken July 16, 2014. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis (GREECE - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT POLITICS BUSINESS) ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 16 OF 33 FOR WIDER IMAGE PACKAGE 'TEN YEARS ON - ATHENS' FADING OLYMPIC STADIUMS' TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'BEHRAKIS KARAHALIS'
AbounATHENS, GREECE - JULY 31: General view of the Olympic Canoe/Kayak Slalom Center at the Helliniko Olympic complex in Athens, Greece on July 31, 2014. Ten years ago the XXVIII Olympiad was held in Athens from the 13th - 29th August with the motto 'Welcome Home'. The cost of hosting the games was estimated to be approx 9 billion euros with the majority of sporting venues built specifically for the games. Due to Greece's economic frailties post Olympic Games there has been no further investment and the majority of the newly constructed stadiums now lie abandoned. (Photo by Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)
The abandoned Canoe and Kayak Slalom Centre which hosted competitions during the Athens 2004 Olympic Games is seen at the Hellenikon complex south of Athens July 16, 2014. Ten years after Greece hosted the world's greatest sporting extravaganza, many of its once-gleaming Olympic venues have been abandoned while others are used occasionally for non-sporting events such as conferences and weddings. For many Greeks who swelled with pride at the time, the Olympics are now a source of anger as the country struggles through a six-year depression, record unemployment, homelessness and poverty. Just days before the anniversary of the Aug. 13-29 Games in 2004, many question how Greece, among the smallest countries to ever host the Games, has benefited from the multi-billion dollar event. Picture taken July 16, 2014. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis (GREECE - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT POLITICS BUSINESS) ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 15 OF 33 FOR WIDER IMAGE PACKAGE 'TEN YEARS ON - ATHENS' FADING OLYMPIC STADIUMS' TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'BEHRAKIS KARAHALIS'
A bus passes the remains of a fountain made with Olympic rings and graffiti-defaced marble blocks that were originally dedicated to Greek Olympic medal winners, at the former Olympic village on the northern fringes of Athens, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012. After the Athens 2004 Games, the village was used as a worker housing project. Eight years after the Athens Games, many of the venues remain abandoned or rarely used, focusing public anger on past governments as the country struggles through a fifth year of recession and a debt crisis that has seen a surge in poverty and unemployment. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
An auxiliary pitch at an abandoned stadium, which hosted the beach volleyball competition during the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, is seen at the Faliro complex south of Athens July 29, 2014. Ten years after Greece hosted the world's greatest sporting extravaganza, many of its once-gleaming Olympic venues have been abandoned while others are used occasionally for non-sporting events such as conferences and weddings. For many Greeks who swelled with pride at the time, the Olympics are now a source of anger as the country struggles through a six-year depression, record unemployment, homelessness and poverty. Just days before the anniversary of the Aug. 13-29 Games in 2004, many question how Greece, among the smallest countries to ever host the Games, has benefited from the multi-billion dollar event. Picture taken July 29, 2014. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis (GREECE - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT POLITICS BUSINESS) ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 30 OF 33 FOR WIDER IMAGE PACKAGE 'TEN YEARS ON - ATHENS' FADING OLYMPIC STADIUMS' TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'BEHRAKIS KARAHALIS'
ATHENS, GREECE - FEBRUARY 18: A broken glass area of flooring is cordoned-off in front of the Olympic Stadium in the 2004 Olympic Games Complex on February 18, 2012 in Athens, Greece. In 2004 the Olympics returned to Greece, the birthplace of the ancient and modern Olympic Games, however the legacy of the Games has been called into question with many facilities falling into disrepair less than 8 years after they were held. Following a meeting on Wednesday, finance ministers across the Eurozone are calling for greater scrutiny and oversight of Greece's proposed budget cuts in order to approve the latest 130 billion euro bailout package. The package, which is anticipated to be finalised on February 20, 2012, is essential for Greece to avoid defaulting on a 14.5 billion euro bond it is due to repay in mid-March. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
The abandoned stadium which hosted the beach volleyball competition during the Athens 2004 Olympic Games is seen at the Faliro complex south of Athens July 29, 2014. Ten years after Greece hosted the world's greatest sporting extravaganza, many of its once-gleaming Olympic venues have been abandoned while others are used occasionally for non-sporting events such as conferences and weddings. For many Greeks who swelled with pride at the time, the Olympics are now a source of anger as the country struggles through a six-year depression, record unemployment, homelessness and poverty. Just days before the anniversary of the Aug. 13-29 Games in 2004, many question how Greece, among the smallest countries to ever host the Games, has benefited from the multi-billion dollar event. Picture taken July 29, 2014. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis (GREECE - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT POLITICS BUSINESS) ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 29 OF 33 FOR WIDER IMAGE PACKAGE 'TEN YEARS ON - ATHENS' FADING OLYMPIC STADIUMS' TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'BEHRAKIS KARAHALIS'
A general view of the Olympic Beach Volleyball Stadium at Faliro complex in Athens February 3, 2012. The rate of decay and dilapidation of Athens' Olympic venues in just eight years provides a visual clue of maintenance costs too high for near-bankrupt Greece to operate. Back in 2004 Greece rushed to deliver the multi-billion dollar Olympic Games organisers hoped would boost the country's growth and its modern image abroad. These days, however, Greek athletes must be satisfied with a trickle of money as they prepare for the 2012 London Olympics, the debt crisis having dried up almost every revenue stream for sports, public or private. Picture taken February 3, 2012. REUTERS/Yiorgos Karahalis (GREECE - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS BUSINESS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
A general view of the Olympic Beach Volleyball Stadium at Faliro complex in Athens February 3, 2012. The rate of decay and dilapidation of Athens' Olympic venues in just eight years provides a visual clue of maintenance costs too high for near-bankrupt Greece to operate. Back in 2004 Greece rushed to deliver the multi-billion dollar Olympic Games organisers hoped would boost the country's growth and its modern image abroad. These days, however, Greek athletes must be satisfied with a trickle of money as they prepare for the 2012 London Olympics, the debt crisis having dried up almost every revenue stream for sports, public or private. Picture taken February 3, 2012. REUTERS/Yiorgos Karahalis (GREECE - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS BUSINESS)
ATHENS, GREECE - FEBRUARY 18: Water is drained from the diving pool which forms part of the Olympic Aquatic Centre in the 2004 Olympic Games Complex on February 18, 2012 in Athens, Greece. In 2004 the Olympics returned to Greece, the birthplace of the ancient and modern Olympic Games, however the legacy of the Games has been called into question with many facilities falling into disrepair less than 8 years after they were held. Following a meeting on Wednesday, finance ministers across the Eurozone are calling for greater scrutiny and oversight of Greece's proposed budget cuts in order to approve the latest 130 billion euro bailout package. The package, which is anticipated to be finalised on February 20, 2012, is essential for Greece to avoid defaulting on a 14.5 billion euro bond it is due to repay in mid-March. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
ATHENS, GREECE - JULY 31: General view of the former Olympic Village in Athens, Greece on July 31, 2014. Ten years ago the XXVIII Olympiad was held in Athens from the 13th - 29th August with the motto 'Welcome Home'. The cost of hosting the games was estimated to be approx 9 billion euros with the majority of sporting venues built specifically for the games. Due to Greece's economic frailties post Olympic Games there has been no further investment and the majority of the newly constructed stadiums now lie abandoned. (Photo by Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)
ATHENS, GREECE - JULY 31: General view of a swimming pool in the former Olympic Village in Athens, Greece on July 31, 2014. Ten years ago the XXVIII Olympiad was held in Athens from the 13th - 29th August with the motto 'Welcome Home'. The cost of hosting the games was estimated to be approx 9 billion euros with the majority of sporting venues built specifically for the games. Due to Greece's economic frailties post Olympic Games there has been no further investment and the majority of the newly constructed stadiums now lie abandoned. (Photo by Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)
Frogs inhabit the murky waters of an abandoned training pool for athletes at the Olympic village on the northern fringes of Athens, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012. After the Athens 2004 Games, the village was used as a worker housing project. Eight years after the Athens Games, many of the venues remain abandoned or rarely used, focusing public anger on past governments as the country struggles through a fifth year of recession and a debt crisis that has seen a surge in poverty and unemployment. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
A Greek athlete practices at an indoor training centre at Agios Kosmas Sports Complex in Athens February 3, 2012. The rate of decay and dilapidation of Athens' Olympic venues in just eight years provides a visual clue of maintenance costs too high for near-bankrupt Greece to operate. Back in 2004 Greece rushed to deliver the multi-billion dollar Olympic Games organisers hoped would boost the country's growth and its modern image abroad. These days, however, Greek athletes must be satisfied with a trickle of money as they prepare for the 2012 London Olympics, the debt crisis having dried up almost every revenue stream for sports, public or private. Picture taken February 3, 2012. REUTERS/Yiorgos Karahalis (GREECE - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS BUSINESS)
Smashed boards left over from last year's Special Olympics are seen at the abandoned Olympic hockey venue in southern Athens on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012. Eight years after the Athens Games, many of the venues remain abandoned or rarely used, focusing public anger on past governments as the country struggles through a fifth year year of recession and a debt crisis that has seen a surge in poverty and unemployment. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
A podium is seen inside the marble Panathinaikon stadium in Athens July 29, 2014. The Panathinaikon stadium was the venue of the first modern Olympics in 1896 and was also used for the Archery events and the finish of the Marathon during the Athens 2004 Games. Ten years after Greece hosted the world's greatest sporting extravaganza, many of its once-gleaming Olympic venues have been abandoned while others are used occasionally for non-sporting events such as conferences and weddings. For many Greeks who swelled with pride at the time, the Olympics are now a source of anger as the country struggles through a six-year depression, record unemployment, homelessness and poverty. Just days before the anniversary of the Aug. 13-29 Games in 2004, many question how Greece, among the smallest countries to ever host the Games, has benefited from the multi-billion dollar event. Picture taken July 29, 2014. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis (GREECE - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT POLITICS BUSINESS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 05 OF 33 FOR WIDER IMAGE PACKAGE 'TEN YEARS ON - ATHENS' FADING OLYMPIC STADIUMS' TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'BEHRAKIS KARAHALIS'
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