The Olympics is a budget killer for most countries. It's a shame but it may be an idea whose time has past.
Couldn't agree more. Have you ever checked out the state of the Sochi or the Athens facilities these days? Abandonment, overgrown monuments to political excess. There are a hundred reasons why the Olympics belong in the past, especially now with terrorists practically being invited to nearly every Western country.
I remember in 1996 I had friends who were willing to pay anything to drive up to decrepit Legion Field in Birmingham to watch, oh, was it Guyana vs Latvia? play a soccer game. I wouldn't have looked out into my backyard to see such meaningless nonsense. We scheduled our vacation that year to be as far from Atlanta as was practical.
It really makes sense that a broke, diseased, third-world country is spending billions for a once-and-done athletic extravaganza. Yep, fits in well with what passes for wisdom in 2016.