Professor Jules Boykoff hammers the idea of hosting an Olympics in a stinging Op-Ed in today’s NYT:
THE Olympic movement is descending into a slow-motion crisis. Fewer and fewer cities are game for the Games.
Bidder enthusiasm for the 2022 Winter Olympics has fizzled, with voters in Krakow, Munich, Stockholm and Switzerland overwhelmingly rejecting the Games. Unrest in Ukraine forced Lviv to abandon its bid, leaving just Oslo, where public support is thin, together with Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan — neither a bastion of democracy.
Prospects for the Summer Games are hardly rosier. In the four American cities shortlisted for the 2024 Olympics — Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington — interest is tepid. More than 30 others, including New York and Philadelphia, passed on the opportunity.
In sum, he says the games run billions over budget and often leave host cities with useless white elephants. However, I do not think he is correct that “interest is tepid” in the four shortlisted US cities: some in Boston certainly support the games.
Boykoff is an associate professor of political science at Pacific University and the author, most recently, of “Activism and the Olympics: Dissent at the Games in Vancouver and London.”