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Add a tag. Public Private login e. Add a tag Cancel Be the first to add a tag for this edition. A new report provides a pretty stark answer: For East Londoners, the games mostly failed. The data shows… that while the Games provided an initial focus for new investment activity, it was short-lived and resulted in mainly physical and economic gains.
The gap in terms of sporting or physical activity rates has got worse too.
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Looking at the U. The report measures these goals by assessing convergence: that is, the extent to which the six relatively deprived boroughs that hosted Olympic venues have caught up with London as a whole.
In particular, the report studies a range of indicators from education and housing to health and life expectancy. There are some bright spots in the findings.
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All educational targets for the six boroughs have been achieved already, or will be by The gap in performance on exams and at key educational stages has narrowed, with educational and developmental levels for students at ages 5 and 11 now so close to city-wide averages that the gap, once quite wide, will soon be as narrow the eye of a needle. Whether the games were a factor in this improvement is nonetheless moot, given the overall educational improvements across all lower income areas of London. Elsewhere, however, there are signs of improvement that still fall far short of expectations.
Attempts to narrow gaps in life expectancy and reduce the number of people with no qualifications have all had some success, but still fallen short. Atlanta tore down its diving and baseball facilities, while Athens has unused, decaying buildings and facilities from Sydney does use its Olympic Stadium for national sporting events, but it's proving to be impossible to fill.
Each Olympic Games and host city is unique, so naturally each of the legacies will be unique, too. Rio has identified several goals for its legacy , including improvements in education, transparency, sporting supplies, culture, volunteering and sustainability.
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Perhaps most important for Brazil in seeking to build a positive Olympic legacy will be making sure that the Olympic Games don't go over budget and lead to substantial debt for host cities to pay off. Rio already has exceeded its projected budget , but the extent of the overspending will not be known until later.
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We have already seen the economic damage that has been caused to previous host cities from overspending. Following a similar path could leave Rio with a legacy of debt and unfulfilled promises.
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