Well, the Olympics are behind us. What a spectacle as we watched and were wowed from our comfy living rooms across the nation! My friend of many years told me how impressed he was by the great job done by the Russian hosts.
The residents of the village of Ashtyr (very near Sochi) might take a different view. Their water wells, fruit trees, farmland, got devastated during the construction phase and all they want to do now is move. The new rail lines, built close by, ensure enough noise to keep them awake at night. So the Olympics became a curse for them!
Pussy Riot, the courageous rock group, got arrested and beaten for absolutely no reason when they dared to show up in Sochi.
A few contractors enriched themselves immensely when the billions got doled out from the Russian government — total corruption all around.
Many sites and venues were not completed in time as money and labour got siphoned off during the construction phase.
The International Olympic Committee made promises to local residents that they would be protected from what the Ashtyr residents are now experiencing. Does anyone believe that they will (or can) keep these promises?
Can't wait till the next round in South Korea in four years’ time.
Sandy Cove, Eastport Peninsula