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16 March 2017

Episode 283

30 minutes


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All Olympic Games host cities must consider their legacy and whether the price of hosting is actually worth it. We look back to Rio de Janeiro, Sydney and more.

16 March 2017

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Chapter 1

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Chapter 1

2016: Rio de Janeiro

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It’s been just over six months since the Olympic Games wrapped up in Rio de Janeiro but it’s already getting its fair share of bad press. With images showing a poorly maintained Olympic Park, what legacy remains?

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Digging up debt

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Major sporting events are often preceded by ill-advised construction and some host cities have found that debt is the major legacy. What’s the solution?

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2000: Sydney

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Australia hosted the Games for a second time in 2000 with estimates putting the cost at between AU$4bn and AU$6bn. Was it worth it?

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