They used to be brimming with tens of thousands of fans hoping for their countries’ teams to be victorious – but eerie photographs have revealed the sites of the past Olympics games have been reduced to rubble by neglect.
In Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the disused bobsled from the 1984 Winter Olympics has been vandalised and is now enjoyed by hordes of mountain-bikers, while the Mount Igman ski jumping course threatens to collapse from decomposition.
There are similar sites in Athens, Greece, with a swimming pool in the former Olympic Village filled with brown, murky water with a sign emblazoned with the 2004 Summer Games’ motto ‘Welcome Home’ torn in half by vandals.
Take a look around the world at former Olympic sites that have since become nothing but garbage holes. You may start thinking about the games in a very different way.
The 2008 Beijing Olympics venue for the beach volleyball competition lies deserted and unmaintained in central Beijing.
This swimming pool from the 1936 Olympic village in Elsral, west of Berlin, has been completely drained and has filled with sand and dirt from the peeling ceiling.
The pool next to the former athlete accommodation in Brandenburg, Germany, has been drained following the 1936 Berlin Games and rust and moss has begun to cover the floors and window panes.
In Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the disused bobsled from the 1984 Winter Olympics has been vandalised and is now enjoyed by hordes of mountain bikers.
Downhill bikers Kemal Mulic (centre), Tarik Hadzic (left) and Kamar Kolar (main) use the disused bobsled track from the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics on Trebevic mountain to train.
In Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, the disused ski-jumping course from the 1956 Winter Olympics threatens to collapse from decomposition.
A view of the disused ski jump from the Sarajevo 1984 Winter Olympics on Mount Igman, near Sarajevo.
In Athens, this stadium was the site for the Olympic softball in 2004, but has since been abandoned.
The Athens Olympic Softball stadium at the Hellinikon Olympic complex still stands but the seating has been tarnished by the harsh sun and the pitch has overgrown.
There are similar sites in Athens, Greece, with a swimming pool in the former Olympic Village filled with brown murky water, litter and a discarded office chair.
The pool at the Athens Olympic village has filled with mud and rubbish and the walls have been graffitied by vandals.
The former Olympic Village in Athens, Greece, has been reduced to rubble from neglect
Hundreds of unused flagpoles are still erected next to a water feature filled with mud in Athens, Greece.
At the former Hellinikon Olympic complex, the Canoe and Kayak Slalom Centre has been completely drained, with the bollards formerly used as competitor obstacles still remaining, but now discoloured from the sun