źWhite elephants╗ for the White Olympic Games
╣ 5-6 (2010)
«The heritage of the Games is, perhaps, one of the most important factors both for organizers, and for the International Olympic committee. When IOC members faced a choice who would get the Olympic
Stadiums are only top of the Olympic iceberg. About third of all expenses are connected with creation of a transport infrastructure.
The most expensive project combined highway and railway Adler
Other important component of the Olympic heritage residential real estate.
However, wouldn't such number of visitors of the capital of XXIX winter Olympic Games have to spend the night on the
The Olympic metamorphoses.
By 2014 in the Imeretinskaya valley there will be 13 complexes total capacity of 194 thousand spectators. It is clear that the city with the population of 400 thousand people doesn't need a lot of sports objects. For this reason the target program provides their restructuring. Sceptics reasonably notice, that the maintenance of winter arenas in the conditions of subtropics is very expensive, and some sportsmen say, that they will go for practice sessions and trainings to Europe and the USA anyway.
A number of objects are designed as dismoutable. President of «Olympstroy» Taymuraz Bolloev specified that it is Small Ice Arena for ice hockey, Ice Arena for curling and the Palace of Sports for figure skating. There has been no decision on placing of these objects after 2014 yet. Meanwhile, there has already started serious struggle for them. Therey are about
Waiting for the professional heir.
Too big expectations from the Olympic Games often played a malicious joke with their organizers. Actually, none of the countries managed to use the Olympic heritage to the maximum, and the Postolympic problems of Montreal and Athenes became antiadvertizing till now these cities suffer from «white elephants».
The director of Institute of Regional Policy Bulat Stolyarov insists, that the Russian government has to create the professional heir for Sochi as soon as possible: «It should already now plan the development of both
Other experts doubt the possibility to use the objects constructed for the Olympic Games properly, because of problems of ecological character. Better to say, capital constructions are build on slimy and marshy soil. Besides in the Imeretinskaya valley occur
Expression white elephant came to English language from Southeast Asia. In Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia white elephants, sacred animals of the Buddha, were forbidden to be exploited according to custom. You could only feed, tend and cherish them. White elephant, like white person shouldn't need anything. It required considerable expenses. And as the elephant didn't bring any material advantage, its owners often appeared on the verge of ruin. To get rid of an elephant was impossible.
Author: Sergey Semyonov