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The Olympic Games has become an international multi-sports event held every four years in different cities throughout the world Answers 2006 Internet According to the Olympic charter the goals of the Games are to encourage peace harmony and to enhance a better world through sports among countries McGeoch Korporaal 1994 7 However its economic and social impacts are also the prime concerns This essay will focus on the benefits as well as the problems that staging the Games bring to that host country The advantages are firstly about the enhancements of infrastructure secondly are the potential of greater economic growth and finally are the tremendous improvement in the national identity On the other hand the most serious problem faced by those countries is the massive cost of operating as well as maintaining the venues Another disadvantage is the threat of terrorism First and foremost a number of studies have shown that any city bidding for the Olympic Games is normally benefited with better infrastructure including new transport systems latest media and communications equipments and high standard sport facilities For example according to Gerlin Sydney where the Summer Games 2000 was organised has been left with an expanded airport a large number of main roads upgraded and especially new and high standard sport facilities including the gigantic Telstra Stadium 2005 54 Besides the Games usually gives the host city an incentive to transform itself that otherwise might never have been attempted Burton 2003 Internet This may be illustrated by the Barcelona 1992 Games Gerlin mentioned that before bidding for the Games insufficient road access airport and coastline was what this city tackled However the Games created opportunity for Barcelona to be financed with ambitious projects As a result after the Olympics Barcelona received a noticeable new appearance such as new seafront underground roads and become one of the most favourite tourist destinations in Europe 2005 52 53 The second advantage is
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