Shocking images show how abandoned Olympic venues from around the world have been left after the Games were over... And some have even gone on to have very sinister endings.
Now, the Tokyo Olympics are well on their way now...
But it hasn't been an easy ride getting here.
As we all know the COVID-19 pandemic brought the world to a complete standstill over the last eighteen months, ultimately delaying the 2020 Olympics.
In an attempt to prevent the spread of the virus, many major countries across the world went into a lockdown.
Throughout 2020 and 2021, restrictions have been in place for many places.
Restrictions that limit social contact to hopefully slow the spread of the virus.
And, as a result of this...
Many major events and large social gatherings such as Coachella have had to be canceled or postponed.
But the most shocking cancelation of them all has been the Olympics.
via: GettyThe highly anticipated Olympic Games takes place once every 4 years in different major cities across the world.
2016's Olympic Games were hosted in the vibrant city of Rio De Janeiro...
And in 2020, it was Japan's turn to host the prestigious sporting event.
The anticipation for Tokyo 2020 was high...
Japan's capital has previously successfully hosted the Olympics on 2 other occasions, so people were incredibly excited for a long summer of sporting events.
However, the coronavirus outbreak put people's excitement on pause...
As with all large social gatherings and sporting events being hastily canceled, officials behind the games decided to postpone the event by one whole year.
At the time, the organizers of Tokyo 2020 and the IOC said in a joint statement:
"The unprecedented and unpredictable spread of the outbreak has seen the situation in the rest of the world deteriorating... The IOC president and the prime minister of Japan have concluded that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community."
Understandably, many people were left completely devastated by the decision...
Millions of people all over the world were geared up for a summer of sports.
But it was the athletes who were hit the hardest with the news, all who had qualified to take part in the games were left heartbroken by the delay.
But thankfully, the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games are now underway!
They began on July 23, 2021 and will continue until August 8, 2021.
Strict precautions and restrictions are in place at the Games which includes requiring athletes to have daily saliva tests.
Additionally, everyone at the Games is required to wear a mask and spectators have been barred from most Olympic events.
Its safe to say, its a very different Olympics to what has ever been experienced before...
But, many are just relieved to see it take place.
Tokyo has cranked things up a level to make sure this is one of the best event the world has ever seen.
Even though stadiums will only be allowing fifty percent capacity, they were originally built to hold hundreds and some, even thousands, of spectators.
The state-of-the-art technology the country has to offer makes it all the more interesting to see just how well prepared they were for the occasion.
Sadly though, after the Games are over, things take a downhill turn, as displayed by other host nations.
Countries all around the world have left their stadiums abandoned and totally unfit for use and the photos are overwhelmingly eerie... Have a look for yourselves.
1. Berlin 1936.
"A set of Olympic rings in abandoned former swim hall at the site of the 1936 Berlin Olympic Village on May 17, 2021 in Elstal, Germany. Built for the 1936 Berlin Olympics the village later served as an infantry school for the Nazi-era Wehrmacht and a military hospital during World War II. After the war the Soviet Army took it over as a military base and also as a training facility for its own Olympic athletes."
The former Dining House of Nations (Speisehaus der Nationen).
"It once contained dining halls for Olympic athletes, of the 1936 Berlin Olympic Village is converted into residential apartment units in a style and with building materials reminiscent of the former building on May 17, 2021 in Elstal, Germany."
A gymnasium hall used in 1936.
A gymnasium hall lies abandoned at the site of the 1936 Berlin Olympic Village on May 17, 2021 in Elstal, Germany which has now caught the eye of German real estate developer, Terraplan, who are constructing and renovating buildings on a large portion of the former Olympic Village site.
The former swim hall.
"A swimming pool lies abandoned in the former swim hall at the site of the 1936 Berlin Olympic Village. Located just west of Berlin, the site has finally become interesting to investors due to the rapid rise in value of the Berlin real estate market over the last decade."
The main amphitheatre in the abandoned Hindenburghaus facility.
"A drawing of Russian revolutionary leader Vladimir Ilyich Lenin can be seen on the wall of the main amphitheatre in the abandoned Hindenburghaus facility where functions and cultural shows were staged at the site of the 1936 Berlin Olympic Village on May 17, 2021 in Elstal, Germany."
"Inside view of the abandoned Hindenburghaus facility where functions and cultural shows were staged at the site of the 1936 Berlin Olympic Village."
2. Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia 1984.
"The abandoned shell of a hotel constructed for the 1984 Winter Olympics and where competitors stayed. Ten years later, the hotel was turned into a prison and place of execution for Bosnian Muslims - all overseen by Serb Forces."
The history behind this area, in particular, is disturbing and it only gets worse...
The abandoned medal podium.
This later became a place where the army executed several prisoners, mainly Bosnian Muslims.
The 1984 Sarajevo bobsled run on Mount Trebevic.
"The three-kilometer-long run winds its way down through the woods to a bombed-out spectator area below. During the war, this structure was used to transport tank artillery shells and weapons to Serb forces in the hills above Sarajevo."
Olympic Ski jump hill at Igman.
"Children gather at foot of the 1984 Olympic Ski jump hill at Igman just 25km from downtown Sarajevo. The area around the 90m hill was heavily mined during the Bosnian war just 8 years after the 1984 Winter Olympics."
Former Winter Olympic Venue.
The area is completely abandoned.
3. Athens, Greece 2004.
"A general view taken on August 3, 2012 shows an abandoned training pool for athletes in the Olympic Village left behind after the 2004 Games. Eight years after hosting the Olympic Games in the country where they were born, Greeks seem more interested in finding out if there will be light at the end of their dismal economic tunnel than showing concern about what is happening at the London Olympics."
A fountain at the former Olympic Village.
"A man looks at an empty fountain on August 3, 2012 in the northern Athens Olympic Village left behind after the 2004 Games."
Former Helliniko Olympic complex.
"People walk next to tents in the former Helliniko Olympic complex used as refugee camp for mainly Afghani refugees on May 10, 2016 in Athens southern suburb. More than 3,500 refugees stay at the premises of the Helliniko Olympic Complex and the former Helliniko Airport, out of 54,000 stranded on Greek territory since the closure of the migrant route through the Balkans in February."
4. Rio 2016.
"Picture of the Olympic Aquatics Stadium which hosted the swimming competition at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games at the Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, taken on May 27, 2017 and which is planned to be dismantled."
Here's a little close-up.
It has not been used for years.
And the surrounding areas have been drastically affected too.
"Picture of the Olympic Aquatics Stadium which hosted the swimming competition at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games at the Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro."
Metro-Mangueira 'favela' community.
"Most of the favela remains abandoned following removals and demolitions ahead of the World Cup and Olympics. The favela sits about 750 meters from Maracana stadium, which hosted the opening ceremony of the Olympics. Nearly one year after Rio hosted the first Olympic Games in South America, many of the costly venue sites are now shuttered or underused amidst a deep economic crisis in the city."
Hopefully, Tokyo doesn't suffer the same fate...
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