As probably most of you know, the Olympics are happening now in Rio (at the time of writing). Before making this article, I actually had to do a quick search to see who hosted the last Olympics and quickly remembered that it was London. I remember the 2008 Olympics better, the one in Beijing, mostly because i remember all the documentaries about the Bird’s Nest stadium they made. It was really interesting to see it built because of all the technology and the general styling of it, earning it the nickname Bird’s Nest.
The media coverage and internet discussions I’ve seen about the Rio Olympics is really completely different though. Even a couple months ago, there were a lot of complaints about Brazil hosting the Olympics because of the loan Rio got. I know that the bidding for hosting the Olympics is done way in advance, in fact, the 2020 Summer Olympics already have a host, Japan, but Rio taking on the Olympics just a couple years after the FIFA world cup, which is quite a feat. Add onto that all the concern about the violence and stuff, and some apparently hazardous conditions for some athletes and it’s obvious why people’s discussions didn’t paint it in a good light.
The Philippines actually won a silver medal in one of the events, weightlifting. It doesn’t look all that impressive compared to the States’ 100+ medals but it’s something. I really haven’t been paying attention to the events but it’s natural that I’d hear about the medal the Philippines won.
Speaking of the Philippines, I have wondered if we could host an Olympics. After checking the list of hosts (future and past), I saw that we never hosted an Olympics and will not host one, at least not unless we win the bid for the 2024 Olympics.
It would be quite the spectacle, but I don’t think we can host one as of right now. First off, I don’t think there’s space for an amazing stadium in Manila (which is definitely where it will be since it’s the capital), and it’s not just one stadium, in the Beijing Olympics, they had another stadium for the pool events. Let’s say that there is space for these stadiums though (maybe they hold it somewhere else other than manila), where will the money for them come from? It’s not gonna be a small stadium that’s gonna be used for PBA games or something, we’re talking about the Olympics, the biggest sporting event. It has to accommodate a lot of people and have facilities for several different events. It also has to be efficient, which means no Filipino Time, lol.
There’s also the problem of infrastructure. I’m sure there are gonna be expectations for Internet, transportation, power, etc. and I don’t think the Philippines can meet most of it. The Internet is slow and sometimes unreliable, transportation is chaotic and congested and power might be fairly flaky depending on where it will be held.
The Philippines is a developing country and has made several improvements over the years, but right now, I don’t think those improvements are enough to host something as big as the Olympics. Of course, the next Olympics up for grabs is the 2024 one, which is 8 years away, and 8 years is a lot of time to improve further.