I adore the Olympics. I love the competition and the obsessing over these activities that you don’t think about for even a second in the intervening four years. So many great stories to hear, both personal and sporting. It’s fantastic.
Rio was particularly unfortunate, but I I think it’s worth backing up and recognising that a major part of the problem with Rio was with Brazil themselves. Misrepresentation of their ability to hold the event without crippling the economy, unbelievably poor organisation and criminal negligence. The Olympic Committee should have been on top of their due diligence, and they clearly weren’t. Which is bad, and compounded by the World Cup in such close proximity.
However the Olympics itself is not inherently bad. London in 2012 was uniformly successful; from the regeneration of the East End of London that badly needed some attention as well as the execution of the event as well as the high spirits it generated in the UK at the time as well as the legacy it left in its wake, with sporting venues that are still in use or at least that have been re-appropriated for alternate use. This is the ideal and is difficult to replicate, but it should be the goal for each Olympics.
Also I wouldn’t feel too bad about these Korean Olympics. Although the opening ceremony stadium will only be used 4 times before being demolished, amazingly. Otherwise they either already have the venues or will make good use of them, from what I’ve heard.
The Olympic Committee should not pass the buck and should do everything within their powers to ensure any host is valid, with no excuses.
However if you really want to get mad at someone go for Fifa. Their World Cup host selection is wilfully corrupt and criminal and seemingly getting worse.