How were stadiums built in ancient civilizations

A look into the forgotten Olympic stadiums

Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, hosted the first Winter Olympics in 1984 in a communist country. Less than ten years later, Yugoslavia was torn apart by civil war. The city, which once celebrated international sporting highlights in friendly competition, now served as the base of operations for a violent conflict. Prisoners were executed on the former winners' podiums. The arena still stands today, marked by countless bullet holes - a ghostly reminder of two very contrasting periods in the history of the city.

The modern Olympic Games began in Greece in 1896, where 776 BC. The ancient Olympic Games also began. However, their origins are much further in the past. It wasn't until more than 100 years after the Games revived that Athens could finally play the host of the event itself again. In preparation for the 2004 Summer Olympics, Greece spent $ 15 billion on world-class softball and beach volleyball facilities, which are now falling into disrepair.

But there are also efforts to counteract such developments. Recently, applicants have placed less emphasis on big promises of state-of-the-art sound systems and unnecessary luxury in their speeches, and instead focused on the ability of games to bring people together. The future Olympic cities - Los Angeles 2024 and Paris 2028 - will be the first to go through the entire process under the IOC's 2020 Agenda, which is aimed at sustainability and feasibility.

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