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Is the high cost of the Olympic Games worth it for cities inside and outside Canada?

As athletes continue to arrive in Japan for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, we take a closer look at the real costs and benefits of hosting the Games. We ask: in a post-pandemic world, is hosting the Olympics worth it anymore?

Some experts estimate Japan may end-up spending more than $26 billion on the 2020 Summer Olympic Games

Scaffolding for the spectator seats is seen at Aomi Urban Sports Park ahead of the opening of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Issei Kato/Reuters)

As athletes continue to arrive in Japan for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad, we take a closer look at the real costs and benefits of hosting the Games.

We ask: in a post-pandemic world, is hosting the Olympics worth it anymore?

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Host Paul Haavardsrud speaks with economics professor and author Andrew Zimbalist about the political and economic costs of hosting the Olympic Games.


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