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Tomorrow will mark exactly one week since the London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony. Much of the buzz surrounding the Games involved creating a legacy or as Seb Coe likes to put it, inspiring a generation. I definitely support London’s decision to host Olympics; never have I seen the capital brimming with such pride and culture – a far cry from where we were just one year ago! However, in times of austerity, we must also remember that the Games were more than just a sporting event – they were a £12bn investment that promised to help boost our economy. The reason why I’m bringing this up now is because I recently came across some disturbing photos which depict derelict and abandoned Olympic sites belonging to former hosts. Some are even as recent as 2008!

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So, the question is, will London suffer from similar degeneration? I doubt it. Or, at least I hope not. I think our government is aware of how much they have invested into the London 2012 Olympics not just financially, but sweat equity too!

Anyway, here are the photographs:

Beijing 2008 – Beach Volley Ball Stadium

[Image credit: David Gray via The Atlantic]

Beijing 2008 – Kayak Venue

[Image credit: David Gray via The Atlantic]

Athens 2004 – Sports Complex

[Image credit: Jamie McGregor Smith via It’s Nice That]

Athens 2004 – Helliniko Softball Stadium

[Image credit: Jamie McGregor Smith via It’s Nice That]

Sarajevo 1984 Winter Olympics  - Ski Jump Venue

[Image credit: Karen Barlow via cloudlessness]

Sarajevo 1984 Winter Olympics - Luge and Bobsleigh Track

[Image credit: Karen Barlow via cloudlessness]

Munich 1972 Olympics - Olympic Stadium Train Station

[Image credit: Twin City Photos]

Hämeenlinna 1952 Olympics – Olympics Swimming Stadium

[Image credit: Höök]

Berlin 1936 Olympics – Olympic Village

[Image credit: Abandoned Berlin]


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Aqil Rouf


Hello. My name’s Aqil, I’m 22 and I’m both the Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of LIMITLESS Magazine. Besides developing the site’s user interface, it’s my responsibility to oversee and guide the direction of our content and moreover, keep our team of writers motivated!

Abandoned Olympic Sites

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