On November 13, the people of Calgary said no to hosting the 2026 Olympics and there are a lot of reasons why.
304 774 Calgarians went to vote while 44,6% were in favor a 56,4% majority said no! This results surprised nobody.
This came as a no surprise for, an ex-athlete of Canada, Jean-Luc Brassard. Brassard thinks there should be an international sport competition but not organized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
The organization is supposed to be a democratic organization, but the dirigeants of the organization are self proclaimed and we are supposed to let them decided the rules of sports.
Also, he told that there is too much money spent to pay the security. About 1 billions is spent and it’s the federal government who pays this bill. Is it worth it? The government has enough debt said Brassard.
And what are the advantages? The patrimoine left by the olympics, is it really useful? “If I talk about Sydney, do you think of the Olympic stadium? No, you are thinking of the opera and the Harbour bridge.” said Brassard and he is right.
The IOC gives about 95% of the profits to the cities which hosts the game. But it seems that the athletes are not paid. The athletes are the one who makes the games this popular and they are not even paid!
But some people does not have the same opinion of Brassard. Tricia Smith the president of the Canadian Olympic Committee thinks that the olympics are an important event and it need to stay. She said that the sport is more important the the canadian population.
The Calgary Sun gave the price for the Olympics . 5.1 billons. That’s a lot. Calgary can only give 700 M$ and Sport Canada agreed to pay 1.423 B$. But who would pay the rest? That’s the question.
Written by: Guillaume Couture
Edited by: Albert Castro and Jeremy Larose-Desjardins