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The legacy of an Olympic bid

It might be the most ruthless of all Olympic competitions: the race for the right to host the Games. At stake are hundreds of millions of dollars in potential profit, and an indelible mark on the global map. To opponents it's a colossal waste of tax dollars, a carnival of hype, spin and speculation. CBC Archives looks back at Canada's winning and losing Olympic bids.

Every four years, the countries of the world gather to celebrate athletic achievement in an atmosphere of international cooperation. That is the goal of the Olympic Games, yet rare has been the Olympiad that is totally free of politics. Adolf Hitler used the Games as an Aryan showcase in 1936, and a string of politically motivated boycotts in the 1970s and '80s threatened to kill the Olympic movement. The Games rebounded, but in 2008 the spectre of boycott returned as protesters sought to use the Beijing Games as a political platform.

A panel discussion on the benefits and costs that a bid leaves behind.
Medium: Television
Program: CBC Evening News
Broadcast Date: Jan. 13, 2000
Guest(s): John Bitove Jr., Curt Harnett, Morley Kells, Mitch Patten, Angela Schneider, Joey Schwartz, Michael Walker, Kevin Wamsley
Host: Andy Barrie, Suhana Meharchand
Duration: 7:07

Last updated: February 13, 2012

Page consulted on April 2, 2012

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