Column: What if they had an Olympics, but no one would host?

Column: What if they had an Olympics, but no one would host?

FILE – This Aug. 25, 2018, file photo, shows a general aerial view of the dismantled stadium for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics with the Olympic cauldron, right, in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Pyeongchang is already considering razing some of the venues it built for this year’s Winter Games because there’s simply no use for them, while Tokyo is reportedly set to spend a staggering $25 billion on the next Summer Games. (Yang Ji-woong/Yonhap via AP, File) (Associated Press) What if they threw an Olympic party, but no one was willing to host it?

That day could be coming, and sooner than you might think.

With news Friday that Stockholm is likely to pull out of the race for the 2026 Winter Games — just days after it was approved as a candidate city by the International Olympic Committee — there is an ever-increasing chance that no one will be left to hear its name called by the time the final decision is made next year.

The only other cities interested in hosting are Calgary, Canada, and the combined Italian bid of Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo. But Calgary’s proposal faces a crucial referendum next month — and polls suggest it hardly has overwhelming support — while Italy’s plans are marred by a lack of government backing and the memory of Rome pulling out of the race for both the 2020 and 2024 Summer Games .

As if cities needed any further reminder of what a boondoggle the Olympics is: Pyeongchang is already pondering whether to raze some of the venues it built for this year’s Winter Games because there’s simply no use for them, while Tokyo is set to spend a staggering $25 billion on the next Summer Games — and maybe even more.

“They’ve got to rethink the whole model,” said Mark Conrad, who runs the sports business program at Fordham University.

Here are a few suggestions:

ROTATING HOSTS

This idea has been thrown around for years but never taken seriously by the IOC.At the very least, the Winter Games should move toward this concept as soon as possible given its […]

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