Olympic Games – strong social capital, poor sustainability footprint

Every four years the world becomes enamoured by the Olympic Games and the flashy spectacle of almost superhuman athletic performances – but have you ever stopped to think about how it all comes together?

For most host countries, the Olympics involves the construction of an entirely new city including large stadiums, aquatic centres, arenas as well as accomodations for the athletes, olympic workers and family and friends of the competitors.

Aside from the sheer cost of the games itself, what are the Olympics costing the planet? Is the event innately unsustainable?

Stephen Frawley, Director of the Australian Centre for Olympic Studies at the University of Technology Sydney Business School, spoke with Jake Morcom.

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