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THE NEIL WILSON COLUMN / An
unique, authoritative sequence from Sports activities Options Communications

(SFC) Up to now, so good.
America vice-president sat inside just a few seats of North Korean
dictator’s sister with out inflicting a diplomatic incident, and 400 North Koreans
invaded the south to be greeted with nothing however smiles.

The Winter Olympic Video games is properly underway in PyeongChang,
and the best menace to anyone’s safety has proved to be the wind and the
chilly.

Which makes a change. At too many latest Winter
Olympics you may as properly pack T-shirts as salopettes the climate was so
benign.

For all its thrills, spills and jaw-dropping risks
the Winter Video games continues to wrestle with one consuming drawback. Most of its
sports activities demand vastly costly amenities which fated to not be viable within the
long run.

PyeongChang can have that drawback in just a few weeks
after the Winter Paralympics finish.  Already
it has determined that the stadium which hosted the Opening Ceremony will likely be
visited by the wrecking ball.

A construction that value $109 million will likely be used simply
4 occasions – the opening and shutting ceremonies of the 2 Video games – after which
demolished. Insanity, after all, and compounded by the existence of a 22,000
seat stadium within the metropolis which might have been used.

However it’s the amenities Winter Video games demand
which might be the chief drawback. What do you with a ski bounce when the jumpers depart
city? Or a bobsleigh observe costing greater than the Olympic Stadium?

To say that these two are area of interest sports activities wouldn’t be to
understate their recognition. There have been seventeen on the planet and none paid
their approach with out taxpayer help so the place was the necessity for one more in PyeongChang?
There was none besides that the Olympic Video games was coming to city.

Even the Worldwide Olympic Committee didn’t need
the Koreans to construct one other. It steered that these Video games use an present
observe in Japan however native pleasure and politics wouldn’t stand for it.

So the invoice for these Video games rose by one other notch.
When town bid they promised a price range for organisation and building of
not more than $9 billion. Up to now the invoice is operating near $13 billion.

It’s these runaway prices which might be horrifying away
cities which is perhaps prepared to host future episodes. In 1995 there have been 9
bidding for the 2002 Winter Video games. Solely three bid for this yr’s Video games and
solely two for 2022.

For 2026 there are 5 fascinated with bidding however all
are threatened by native opinion or referendum. The IOC is rightly nervous and
has shaped a bunch engaged on shaving prices.

The IOC hardly helps itself by including increasingly more
occasions to its programme, 4 extra this month and 5 extra in Tokyo in 2020.

Many options have been steered. A everlasting website
for summer time and winter Video games or no less than a rota of some present Olympic cities
in several continents are amongst them.

On the very least the IOC might say they won’t
settle for bids from cities with out the prevailing amenities. There are sufficient
world wide.

In spite of everything that is the 22nd Winter Olympics
being held on the 20th completely different metropolis. Going again will be the future
of the Winter Olympics.

** NEIL WILSON reported his first Olympic Video games in Munich in 1972. He
has since coated one other 9 summer time and 9 winter Olympics for numerous
newspapers, together with The Unbiased and the Every day Mail with whom he has
labored for the final 19 years as Athletics and Olympic correspondent. He was
Britain’s Sports activities Journalist of the 12 months in 1984 and is the creator of seven
books.

****The views expressed are
the creator’s personal and don’t essentially symbolize the views of Sports activities Options
Communications.


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