Just to flit back to my fascination with olympic bids, I just came across this quite lengthy BBC article on the hot water the IOC is currently in. Budapest recently withdrew it's bid to host the 2024 games, presumably assuming it had no chance up against Paris or LA. But in this article, Dan Roan points out that this reveals how much trouble the olympic movement is in: nobody wants to host the games anymore; and everyone sees it as an expensive, corrupt party held every four years for a bunch of bigwigs. I mean, I keep an eye on this stuff because I think one can read a lot about global politics and relations into it, but does that mean I want London to host the games again anytime soon? Screw That!
As a concept, the olympics is glorious: I love the idea of an event, sporting, artistic or anything, which brings the people of the world together for a time. We need more events like it. Yet the olympics has become, it seems, a bloated, fetid, festival of corruption. The more I hear about the people behind it's organising committee, the more concerned I get. While I still look back to 2012 with great, great glee - and probably always will - as Roan points out, something seriously needs to change in the olympic movement before we see another summer like that again.
[Edited 07/03/2017 at 19:31:41 - added a bit]