The legacy of the ‘peace Games’ looks shaky, with costs set to balloon and tensions to resume on the Korean peninsula
Every weekend during the Olympics, on a frigid beach near venues for the ice skating events, wooden structures are set ablaze as part of an art exhibition designed to coincide with the Games. The ritual burning is an apt metaphor for this year’s Winter Olympics in South Korea: once they are over, everything the Games were meant to represent could go up in smoke.
The legacy of Pyeongchang 2018, which ended on Sunday, is on course to mirror many of the woes that have plagued other hosts of the Olympics – ballooning costs, disgruntled locals and specialised venues seldom to be used again. There is another rude awakening ahead: the rapprochement between North and South Korea is unlikely to last.
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