OPINION

Memories the only Olympic legacy

Wherever they are held in the world, the Olympic Games leave a priceless legacy that translates into increased tourism and a massive inflow of funds for the host cities. Athens, yet again, is an exception. The grandiose constructions of the acclaimed Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava have been completely abandoned. Rather than becoming monumental installations reflecting the Olympic legacy, they have become giant symbols of the state’s incompetence. They clearly show that, in this country, capitalizing on the investment made by the Greek people in the post-Olympic era is nothing but empty words. Sydney and Barcelona attract millions of visitors every year. Our Games – widely viewed around the world as being among the most successful ever – now serve as nothing more than a distant memory. We look at the magnificent stadiums and remember that when we pull ourselves together, when we get organized, we can achieve a great deal.