How Germany Is Rethinking The Olympics

Look the Olympic movement is a good thing Olympic values is a good thing

Nobody is contesting that, the the issue that we’re talking about is whether or not it makes economic sense

for cities to host the Olympic Games whether or not it pays off for them to do that and

all of the academic literature, all of the serious

Unpaid for literature finds that it’s not a good investment for cities to make, that’s the argument that I’m representing here

The Olympic movement is going through a crisis. recent games arrived with overspending, wastes, and controversy

These days the Olympic Games require about 35 different athletic venues

They require an Olympic Village that costs three billion dollars

They require a media production facility, which could easily go for a billion dollars

They require ceremonial space and green space

They require transportation amongst all of them in special lanes for the IOC executives

Transportation all Olympic Games in the last 50 years have gone over budget

After each financial failure, fewer cities bid to following the Cates games, besides the financial risk

environmental and human rights issues have raised skepticism. In many countries

movements against the Olympics successfully stopped their countries bid

Considering all the challenges that recent host cities faced some commentators even predicted the end of the Olympic movement

But there are more optimistic approaches to solve the crisis

the promising one comes from Germany where a team is rethinking the event with innovative ideas to bid for the

2032 Olympic Games. The initiative is called Rhein Ruhr City. But what are they doing differently?

the IOC’s agenda 2020

Explicitly requested more sustainability in future games as a result for the first time in the history of the Olympics

regions can apply for the games

This allows a more flexible use of already existing sports facilities

and that is exactly what Germany is aiming for with Rhein Ruhr, as the first

Germany has issued a bit for an entire metropolitan region

It is a densely populated area of 14 cities along the river celina into one what few people know

with more than 11 million inhabitants

Rhein Ruhr City is Europe’s third largest metropolitan area by population after London and Paris

But its area is only half the size of Tokyo or LA

Transport weights are short, but you can make use of the infrastructure of not only one but 14 interconnected cities

And that infrastructure is impressive Rhein Ruhr is a region with great economical strength

the seed of nine ducks and many more medium-sized companies

Five hundred thousand students seven hundred thousands square meters of exhibition space and over

100,000 baths for accommodation

Besides the infrastructure it’s worth to look at the mentality in the region

Rhein Ruhr is a melting pot with many different cultures and influences

But united by sports the people are known to be easygoing and open-minded the organizers call it a ‘we

mentality’ and it could actually be a unique selling point for the application because people are optimistic about the Olympics

Polls show that 70 percent of the population are supporting the bit

The passion for sports is also shown in the existing sports venues

There are 19,000 sports clubs with more than 5 million members

Every second person is part of a sports club

that also means that there are plenty of facilities for all kinds of sports. Rhein Ruhr can welcome more than

600,000 people in their stadiums and arenas at the same time

they have not one but five highly functional stadiums with a capacity of more than

45,000 seats sports such as handball basketball swimming horse riding or hockey in front of

40,000 to 50,000 spectators

This would be unique in the history of the games and bring the sport to the widest audience possible

90% of all the needed sports facilities already exists

the existing facilities

also support the goal of the organizers to host the most sustainable games ever

Fewer buildings and construction means fewer emissions the location in Central Europe will also ensure a small ecological footprint

The planned venues can all be reached by more than 200 million people within about six hours by train

Furthermore Rhein Ruhr wants to host the first plastic free Olympics ever

The organisers also have concrete ideas on how the games could drive improvement initiatives for the region in the long term

Major investments are plans to support the transition from the region of coal and steel to the digital ecosystem of tomorrow

One example of how that transition could look like is connected mobility

Rhein Ruhr is one of the most significant transport hubs in Germany with a very tight traffic Network

There is an increasing need for mobility in the most highly populated federal state of Germany

autonomous private transport cell flying air taxis and fried

Transport with remote controls drones are part of the pioneering vision for the region while some of this sound far-fetched

The organisers also lists more tangible examples for the benefits of connected mobility

If the existing rail network is digitalized it will be possible to offer

40% more capacity and long distance public transport without building one new kilometre of rail

The concept of Rhein Ruhr offers the opportunity of turning the Olympic Games into an event for the spectators and the population

One that could be affordable and bring meaningful benefits to the entire region

The biggest question mark for the project might be the IOC

the committee needs to prove that they are serious about their agenda 2020 to make the Olympics more sustainable and

beneficial for the people if the IOC sticks to putting financial interests first and

Exploiting host countries bits with innovative concepts will lose their credibility and get no chance to succeed

with Rhein Ruhr

2032 – the organisers are definitely aiming high and might shape the future of the Olympic movement