Durban to bid for 2016?

2008-08-22 00:00

The 2008 Olympics comes to an end this weekend, leaving us wanting more and wondering why we have to wait another four years for the next “greatest show on earth”. It may be an illusion soon burst by the pricks of new drug revelations, but the impression of the Beijing Games is that they have been not only the best, but also the cleanest.

One question now is not so much whether any country can top the Beijing show, but which countries can actually afford to stage the gargantuan summer Olympics? Has the size and technical complexity of the Olympic Games not reached such heights that only the top tier of nations can realistically contemplate a staging.

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