The Controversial Winter 2014 Sochi Olympics

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While the Winter 2014 Sochi Olympics may be bringing lots of joy and excitement to fans in Russia and around the world, many controversies arise as to whether the choice of location was the best pick. Be it because of the geographic setting, the biased laws, the extraordinary infrastructure cost, or the deteriorating situation, many fans and viewers agree that they are facing physical and mental difficulties in trying to understand why the 2014 Winter Olympics are held in Sochi.
Sochi is not one of the most popular and interesting cities in Russia. Temperatures average around 10 degrees Celsius in February, making Sochi a travel destination for tourists seeking warmer climates. The city is known to be a subtropical seaside resort and is one of the hot cities of Russia. The organizers of the Games have thus decided to stockpile around 700,000 cubic meters of snow, most of which were not used, and this had a radical effect on the cost of the Games. Moreover, Sochi is a very isolated city and the only direct flights available are form Turkey and Germany. International spectators are facing major problems in trying to organize trips to watch the Winter Olympics. The visa to Sochi costs around $300 and there aren’t enough hotels to accommodate the number of international audiences, in addition to the fact that tourists are not allowed to be using the skiing courses. The central skiing resort is more than an hour’s drive away from Sochi. Several travel agencies described this phase as one of the lowest points in the history of the Winter Olympics.
One of the most controversial topics arising for Sochi is the concern of homosexuality. In June, Vladimir Putin passed the anti-gay propaganda bill that forbids people to talk about the discrimination based on sexual orientation and preferences. This law caused LGBT athletes, workers, and spectators to feel threatened and inferior to the Russian government. Many protests were started and many petitions were signed trying to push the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to protect the LGBT competitors, but nothing has...

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