The Olympics And Olympic Games Essay

1283 Words Oct 12th, 2016 6 Pages
The Olympics are a symbol of celebration of the entire world coming together in one city to celebrate sportsmanship and athleticism. However, one very important question has been raised, especially in the new era of being aware of our global impact: how sustainable are the Olympics? Pulling from the system thinking from Meadows, the purpose of the Olympics is to unify the world and celebrate hard work and dedication. The amount of people that come to the city for the Olympics and the facilities that are built for the events are two elements of that system. Lastly, two interconnections are how the facilities can help the city during the Olympics and the future; and how the people can create a new city based on new sustainability ideals. The Olympics is not a sustainable practice itself, however the International Olympic Committee and the Olympic Movement implement guidelines so the games can be as sustainable as possible. The Olympic Games are not a sustainable practice because of the amount of changes a city has to make in order to host them. The Olympics brings in many different people from around the world. Approximately 10,000 athletes participate with at least on coach to accompany them; 45,000 people volunteer their time to run the games; and there is a tourist influx much greater than usual (Focus: Rio 2016 Sustainability, 3). This amount of people coming to the city is much greater to a normal population when the games are not in session. With all these new people,…

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