The 2020 Tokyo Olympics were postponed because of the coronavirus, but this isn't the first time the Olympics didn't happen as scheduled. The 1940 Olympics in Helsinki, Finland, were cancelled because of World War II. So what would happen if the Olympics wouldn't happen at all? Why wouldn't this be a bad thing?
The Olympics can be such a financial burden, especially after they happen. Look at sites like Athens and Rio de Janeiro. They had Olympic swimming pools and tracks abandoned after hosting the Olympics. Granted, there are some cities such as Sydney and Montreal that know how to repurpose these stadiums and venues. Even Japan's building a new stadium to go over its previous Olympic venue. But not every host city has the planning or infrastructure to do so.
Like everything else in the world, the price tag of having these Olympics hosted has gone up. The Beijing Olympics cost $40 billion, while the Sochi Olympics cost roughly $51 billion. The Olympics have become a billion-dollar event that has left some cities unable to recover from the bill.
It may stink not having the Olympics next year if it comes to that. After all, we seldom have any sports going on aside from UFC and NASCAR. But if the Olympics are cancelled, maybe that's not a bad thing despite wasting a chance to have this guy as your Olympic ambassador (Kamehame-Sad).
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