The Advantages and disadvantages
of hosting the 2012 Olympic Games.
This summer, Great Britain had the privilege of being home to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, which saw national pride being at its utmost highest for the entire duration of the games. As the games being on home soil, this was an Olympics like no other, one many of us wont experience again in our lifetimes and therefore was of course an emotional rollercoaster for all involved; the athletes, their families and of course the great British public.
Triumphs like Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah and countless other great British athletes going on to take gold in their events will undoubtedly not only inspire the next generation of elite athletes in Great Britain but will also inspire ourselves to be more active and get involved with a sport, which is one of the great advantages of hosting the home Olympics. The games brought along with it a whole string of advantages, the main Olympic zone, the East-End of London, went under a huge urban regeneration in the years leading up to the Olympics which meant new housing being constructed and of course the enormous 80,000 Olympic Stadium in Stratford. Long after the Olympic Stadium has served its purpose, its legacy will continue as a multipurpose venue which will be a great asset to the Stratford community. In addition to this the conversion of the Olympic Village will provide 5000 new homes.
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Due to the sheer volume of spectators, athletes, tourists and volunteers using the London transport system to reach the games on a daily basis there had to be major transport improvements made in order to accommodate the amount of people using it. In the long term, these upgrades to the London Transport network will prove a huge advantage to the public who use it on daily commutes. Moreover, Britain’s tourist industry was booming throughout the surrounding months of the games, which was beneficial to local businesses in that it brought in additional customers.
As we all know, Britain has been in the middle of an economic crisis for the past few years which meant funding a project on such a large scale as the Olympics Games was a difficult task and an obvious disadvantage to hosting the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The total cost of the games came to a staggering £10.8bn although the increased revenue from the increase in tourism was hoped to lower that cost. In addition to this, another disadvantage of hosting the games was that it caused traffic issues and an increase in pollution.
So was the 2012 games a success? Before the Olympics many people had doubts whether Britain could ‘pull it off’. However, now the Olympic responsibility has been passed onto Rio, politicians have lined up to praise the organisers and everyone who made the games what they were. Throughout the country it has been vastly regarded as a success, Boris Johnson, Mayor of London announced that "These Games have not changed us. They have revealed us as we are: people who can pull off great feats,"`