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Restaging the Olympics would be harder than we think

There was a story flying around last week that Rio was so behind with its Olympic preparations that the IOC might have to ask London to restage the games in 2016.

There was a story flying around last week that Rio was so behind with its Olympic preparations that the IOC might have to ask London to restage the games in 2016. They were such a success in 2012 that surely we could do it again?

Actually it would be pretty hard, and for exactly the reason that they worked first time round. Keen not to be saddled with white elephants, the UK pioneered the use of temporarly structures and also thought about new uses for buildings once the games were over. 

The former LOCOG administration centre is now Chobham Academy. The athletes’ accommodation has been converted into apartments, and the extra wings that were on the aquatic centre have been removed and the walls closed off. And the Olympic Park has new features where once the temporary buildings stood, and far less hard surfacing than there was during the games.

So, we have the transport infrastructure, the stadium and the velodrome but after that it gets tricky. The one bit of legacy that nobody foresaw was … doing it all again.

Maybe the IOC should talk to Beijing, where there seem to be far more white elephants waiting to be dusted off. Just a little question of air pollution to deal with…

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