After Rio 2016, are the Summer Olympics Doomed?

Why did the Olympics so suddenly lose their luster? Potential bid cities, or their taxpayers, have determined that the increasingly exorbitant Olympic price-tag is simply not a good investment.

By Scott Salmon

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Olympic Games have always been much more than a sporting event – especially for their hosts. However, since Rio de Janeiro hosted the 2016 Summer Games, non-sporting concerns are threatening the Olympic movement as never before.

In the modern era, hosting the Summer Olympics was often an exercise in "soft power", a spectacle of nationalist propaganda mounted to announce unequivocally a country’s arrival on the world stage.

However, following 1992, when the Olympics appeared to be the catalyst for the renaissance of Barcelona, they have increasingly become an urban project.

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