Given the World Cup to Qatar was a really stupid idea. Read more here.That’s a pretty common sentiment among the residents of Olympic host cities, but to the credit of Krakow’s authorities at least they were willing to listen to their constituents, and quickly put the bid out of its obvious misery."Krakow is closing its efforts to be the host of the 2022 Winter Games due to the low support for the idea among the residents," Jacek Majchrowski, the city’s mayor, said in a statement. "I regret that the referendum has put a definite end to… the project that I considered to be very important for the development of the whole region."Developers are just about the only people to get excited about their countries hosting the Olympics anymore, as global sporting events have increasingly ballooned into over-budget money-sucking monsters with few benefits, but plenty of annoyances, for the actual residents of the host city. Locals often put up with years of construction, traffic, and, increasingly, environmental and human rights abuses. At the end of all that, they often can’t even get tickets to the sporting events themselves.The recent Sochi Olympics — Vladimir Putin’s “pet project” as critics called it — cost Russia a whopping $51 billion. And while most of it went into long-term construction projects that are supposed to outlive the games themselves, the corruption, environmental degradation, and repression of free speech that came with the privilege to host the games, hardly made it popular among Sochi residents.
'Global sporting events have increasingly ballooned into over-budget money-sucking monsters with few benefits, but plenty of annoyances.'
— Harry Reekie (@HarryCNN)February 4, 2014
This is the one hotel room
My hotel has no water. If restored, the front desk says,
— Stacy St. Clair (@StacyStClair)February 4, 2014
For the time being, the Summer Olympics seem to be doing a bit better. At least they have the added bonus of beach volleyball players and Ryan Lochte, and though they are usually even more expensive they seem to still be in demand.But both sets of Olympics — and the World Cup — are both ridiculously costly and increasingly unpopular, and winning bids to host them are usually followed by prolonged protests and public outrage, a huge headache for local authorities.The International Olympic Committee is at last beginning to realize that it may eventually run out of willing hosts, and president Thomas Bach, who was elected to lead the organization last September, is looking for ways to lower the financial burden of holding the games, according to AP.