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Aug 9, 2016

The 2008 Beijing Olympic Venues 8 Years On

The 2008 Beijing Olympic Venues 8 Years On

Back in 2014 we posted a set of photos showing you the derelict state the 2004 Athens Olympic venues were in. Those pictures came to the surface again with the start of the Rio Olympics and the call for a cheaper and better planned Olympics.
Most host nations/cities just spend the vast amounts of money needed on building venues for sports they had never heard of before, without a thought about how to fill in those venues after the Olympics have left town.
London tried in 2012 but even they have given away (virtually for free) the Olympic stadium to West Ham Football Club. That stadium cost over half a billion pounds to build.
Let's hop Rio has better luck, but if the Athens photos en these from Beijing tell us anything is that luck is not in their favor.

The 2008 Beijing Olympic Venues 8 Years On
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A worker looks up at the honeycomb-shaped walls of the National Aquatics Centre, which was the venue for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games swimming and diving competitions in Beijing /REUTERS

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A woman walks past a security guard outside the National Stadium, which was the venue for the athletics and the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing /REUTERS

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Workers unload a truck outside the National Stadium, which was the venue for the athletics and the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing /REUTERS

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Tourists pose for photographs on cement Olympic rings next to a lamp resembling the National Stadium, in the former Olympic Green area in Beijing /REUTERS

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A barrier tape bearing the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games logo stands out at the front of the deserted and unmaintained former venue for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games rowing competition, on the outskirts of Beijing /REUTERS

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A boat sails past a stand and observation tower at the deserted former venue for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games rowing competition, located on the outskirts of Beijing /REUTERS

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The deserted and unmaintained former venue for the kayaking competition of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, can be seen on the outskirts of Beijing /REUTERS

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A security guard tries to find the puncture in the inner-tube of his bicycle tyre by immersing it in the former course for the kayaking competition of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, on the outskirts of Beijing /REUTERS

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A flower-shaped lamp can be seen discarded into the lake of the deserted former venue for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games rowing competition, located on the outskirts of Beijing /REUTERS

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An old Olympic accreditation board lies on an unmaintained jetty at the deserted former venue for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games rowing competition, on the outskirts of Beijing /REUTERS

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A sign stands at the deserted and unmaintained former venue for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games rowing competition, on the outskirts of Beijing /REUTERS

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A weathered notice is seen on the main gate to the former venue for the rowing and kayaking competitions of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, on the outskirts of Beijing /REUTERS

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A security fence surrounds the deserted and unmaintained 2008 Beijing Olympics venue for the beach volleyball competition in central Beijing /REUTERS

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The 2008 Beijing Olympics venue for the beach volleyball competition lies deserted and unmaintained in central Beijing /REUTERS

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A car driven by a student of a driving school slowly moves around the carpark in front of the deserted 2008 Beijing Olympics venue for the cycling competition in central Beijing /REUTERS

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A make-shift broom lies on a deserted field that was once part of the stadium where the 2008 Olympic Games baseball competition was held in central Beijing /REUTERS

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A dog sits atop glass plates at a deserted field that was once part of the stadium where the 2008 Olympic Games baseball competition was held in central Beijing /REUTERS

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A dog sits atop glass plates at a deserted field that was once part of the stadium where the 2008 Olympic Games baseball competition was held in central Beijing /REUTERS

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A track leads through a deserted field where the stadium for the 2008 Olympic Games baseball competition once stood in central Beijing /REUTERS

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A sign stands at a deserted field showing where the stadium for the 2008 Olympic Games baseball competition once stood in central Beijing /REUTERS

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Tourists take photographs of the Olympic cauldron which has been erected outside the National Stadium, also known as the "Bird's Nest", in the former Olympic Green area in Beijing /REUTERS

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A chair lies on a deserted field that was once part of the stadium where the 2008 Olympic Games baseball competition was held in central Beijing /REUTERS

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The 2008 Beijing Olympics venue for the BMX competition lies deserted and overgrown in central Beijing /REUTERS

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The 2008 Beijing Olympics venue for the BMX competition lies deserted and overgrown in central Beijing /REUTERS

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The 2008 Beijing Olympics venue for the BMX competition lies deserted and overgrown in central Beijing /REUTERS

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The 2008 Beijing Olympics venue for the beach volleyball competition lies deserted and unmaintained in central Beijing /REUTERS

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An old Olympic accreditation board lies on an unmaintained jetty at the deserted former venue for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games rowing competition, located on the outskirts of Beijing /REUTERS

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The word "Dream" can be seen above the former course for the kayaking competition of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, on the outskirts of Beijing /REUTERS

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A pump is used to drain water for the surrounding plants from the former course for the kayaking competition of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, on the outskirts of Beijing /REUTERS

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The deserted and unmaintained former venue for the kayaking competition of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, is seen on the outskirts of Beijing /REUTERS

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The flag poles used for medal ceremonies stand next to the former course for the kayaking competition of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, located on the outskirts of Beijing /REUTERS

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A boat sails past a stand and observation tower at the deserted former venue for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games rowing competition, on the outskirts of Beijing /REUTERS

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A boat sails past an unmaintained jetty at the deserted former venue for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games rowing competition, located on the outskirts of Beijing /REUTERS

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The logo for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games can be seen along with the honeycomb-shaped walls of the National Aquatics Centre in Beijing /REUTERS

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A tourist is seen from amongst the metal girders that make up the National Stadium, which was the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing /REUTERS

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Chinese tourists look through a security fence at the National Stadium, which was the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing /REUTERS

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A security guard sits next to his bicycle outside the National Stadium, which was the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing /REUTERS

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Tourists look up at the National Stadium, in front of a tower bearing the Olympic rings at the former Olympic Green area in Beijing /REUTERS

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Workers remove rubbish from the canal running past the National Stadium, which was the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing /REUTERS

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A lone security guard stands on the pool deck of the National Aquatics Centre, next to the logo for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in Beijing /REUTERS

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