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The Olympic Games are a set of international sports competitions that occur every four years for winter and spring sports, or every two years overall. Each competition is held in a different city in a different country, with the potential possibility to repeat a location. As the world economy and tourism expanded in the late twentieth and early twenty-first century, there has been some debate as to whether the Olympics is an overall good or bad experience for a host country.

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The Olympic Games stand for both international camaraderie and competition. To be a host is to step into the international spotlight in a favorable way and present the best of one’s city and country. It is a phenomenal opportunity for host countries, cities, and citizens to announce to the international community that their city is a place ripe for appreciation. The Olympics Games can stoke the local economy, increase prestige, and even benefit communities long after they are over.
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The Olympics increase international stature

Hosting the Olympic Games is a phenomenal opportunity to announce to the international community that a country is prepared for increased participation on a global scale as well as the scrutiny that accompanies it.

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Hosting the Olympic Games is a phenomenal opportunity to announce to the international community that a country is prepared for increased participation on a global scale as well as the scrutiny that accompanies it. Asia, interpreted by many to be a continent on the rise for the past few decades, may see this reflected in its increased participation in hosting the games. Until 2018, Asia had only hosted three games; beginning in 2018, it won the right to host three in a row.[1] For the current biddings, an Asian country is involved for each one.[2] This follows increasing public respect for various Asian countries as a whole including admiration for several countries successful COVID-19 responses. While the games, COVID-19, and economic policies are not all neatly tied together, hosting the games “serves as a credible signal that a country is committing itself to trade liberalization” and general international openness.[3] Furthermore, in 2018, it was announced that for the first time an African nation would host an Olympic event. While not the official games, Senegal is to host the 2022 Youth Olympic Games, the first country to host an Olympic event on the continent.[4] For so many years, the Olympic Games signified an example of Western elitism, with Eastern and African nations largely resigned to competitors or visitors. The increased participation and egality on a global scale not only emphasize the International Olympic Committee’s increasing commitment to inclusivity and diversity, but also emphasize that to underestimate these flourishing countries would be a mistake.

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The Olympic Games are a shallow baseline to announce to the international community that a country is prepared for increased global participation. This should be shown in ways other than something as silly as hosting an international competition. Trade, economy, environmental policies, government structure, quality of life, and more are much better benchmarks to increased respect on an international level.[5] Furthermore, hosting the Olympics Games does not absolve a country of their own future stumbles. The United States have hosted more than a dozen games, yet still deal with violent racism. China, host of the 2008 and 2022 games are facing a humanitarian crisis unlike anything in popular memory. [6] There are much better ways to gain the world’s respect.

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  1. https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2018-02-12/how-asia-won-the-right-to-host-three-olympics-in-a-row
  2. https://www.britannica.com/list/7-ways-hosting-the-olympics-impacts-a-city
  3. https://www.nber.org/papers/w14854.pdf
  4. https://www.olympic.org/news/it-s-time-for-africa-see-you-in-senegal
  5. https://www.britannica.com/list/7-ways-hosting-the-olympics-impacts-a-city
  6. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-22278037

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