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Other supporters of the bid argue that there is hope

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Other supporters of the bid argue that there is hope that the event will help lessen the city’s unemployment level, which is currently at 8.2%, once people start working on bringing the games to the town. The Olympics are also expected to increase tourism in Calgary. The city's committee for the bid exploration argues that the 2026 games would cost the city less than what the city of Vancouver incurred when it hosted that 2010 Olympics games. Considering the benefits that the event brought in the town during the 1988 Olympic Games, hosting the 2026 event will also leave a lasting legacy.
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CALGARY’S OLYMPIC BID 4 On the contrary, opponents of the bid argue that the city is in the doldrums; thus, the present moment may not be in the right time to commit such a massive amount of taxpayers’ money to a three-week event, which they are not sure of its returns. Specifically, hosting the Olympics Games are not worth the risk for Calgary; thus, the city should focus on other development projects. For instance, the city can use the money it would for this event to build better schools and housing and safer streets for residents. A referendum that was held in November 2013 failed despite the many the debates that happened all regarding the merits and demerits of hosting the 2026 Olympics. The voting killed the bid by confirming that money was the most substantial issue facing the city. Compared to other games, the budgeted $5.2 billion by Calgary was much lesser than the $50 billion spent on the Sochi games and the $16 billion that Pyeongchang spent on the winter games. Calgary’s bid is low since it does not plan to build new facilities. Rather, the aim is to renovate and upgrade the sites that were used during the 1988 Olympics.
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  • Spring '16
  • Olympic Games, International Olympic Committee, Winter Olympic Games

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