Abandoned Athens Olympic 2004 venues, 10 years on – in pictures

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Abandoned Athens Olympic 2004 venues, 10 years on – in pictures
14 August
2014
Published in: Ελλάδα

On 13 August 2004, the Olympic Games came home to Greece for the XXVIII Olympiad at an estimated cost of approximately €9bn. A decade after the sporting extravaganza, many of its once-gleaming Olympic venues now lie abandoned. For many Greeks who swelled with pride at the time, the Games are now a source of anger as the country struggles through a six-year depression, record unemployment, homelessness and poverty, with many questioning how the nation has benefited from the multi-billion-dollar event

 

The Olympic Sports Complex.                                                     The Olympic Sports Complex.Photographs: Yannis Kolesidis/EPA

 

 The Schinias Centre that hosted the rowing and canoeing competitions.                                                       The Schinias Centre in Marathon that hosted the rowing and canoeing competitions. Photograph: Yannis Kolesidis/EPA

 

An abandoned training field at the Olympic Village                                                              An abandoned training field at the Olympic Village. Photograph: Orestis Panagiotou/EPA

 

The abandoned beach volleyball venue in Neo Faliro.                                                          The abandoned beach volleyball venue in Neo Faliro. Photograph: Thanassis Stavrakis/AP  

 

Worn press seats at the Outdoor Olympic Swimming Pool of the Olympic Complex.                                                           Worn press seats at the outdoor Olympic Swimming Pool of the Olympic Complex.                                                           Photograph: Thanassis Stavrakis/AP

 

Tthe remains of a fountain decorated with the Olympic rings and graffiti-defaced marble blocks dedicated to Greek Olympic medal winners are seen at the Olympic village.                                                       The remains of a fountain decorated with the Olympic rings and graffiti-defaced marble blocks dedicated to Greek Olympic medal winners are seen at the Olympic village. Photograph: Thanassis Stavrakis/AP

 

An abandoned training pool for athletes at the Olympic village.                                                             An abandoned training pool for athletes at the Olympic Village. Photograph: Thanassis Stavrakis/AP

 

Posters with the logo of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games are seen inside a hall at the Olympic sailing centre, which is now used as a marina, in the Agios Kosmas suburb, south of Athens.                                                     Posters with the logo of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games are seen inside a hall at the Olympic                                  sailing centre, which is now used as a marina, in the Agios Kosmas suburb, south of Athens.                               Photograph: Yorgos Karahalis/Reuters

 

The Olympic Hockey Stadium at the Helliniko Olympic complex.                                                       The Olympic Hockey Stadium at the Helliniko Olympic Complex. Photograph: Milos Bicanski/Getty Images

 

 Ooutside the Olympic Stadium.                                                                                                                                   Outside the Olympic Stadium. Photograph: Milos Bicanski/Getty Images

 

The Olympic Softball stadium at the Helliniko Olympic complex.                                                           The Olympic Softball Stadium at the Helliniko Olympic Complex.                                                                                        Photograph: Milos Bicanski/Getty Images

 

The Taekwondo Olympic Stadium at Faliro Olympic Complex.                                                                                               The Taekwondo Olympic Stadium at Faliro Olympic Complex. Photograph: Milos Bicanski/Getty Images

 

 Derelict buildings at the Helliniko Olympic complex                                                  Derelict buildings at the Helliniko Olympic Complex. Photograph: Milos Bicanski/Getty Images

 

The Olympic Aquatic Centre.                                                           The Olympic Aquatic Centre. Photograph: Milos Bicanski/Getty Images 

 

The Olympic Aquatic Centre.                                                            The Olympic Aquatic Centre. Photograph: Milos Bicanski/Getty Images

 

The Canoe/Kayak Slalom Center at the Helliniko Olympic complex.                                                     The Canoe/Kayak Slalom Centre at the Helliniko Olympic complex.                                                                               Photograph: Milos Bicanski/Getty Images

 

The Canoe/Kayak Slalom Center at the Helliniko Olympic complex.                                                       The Canoe/Kayak Slalom Centre at the Helliniko Olympic complex.                                                                                 Photograph: Milos Bicanski/Getty Images

 

One venue that has done well post games is the  Panathenaic stadium in Athens. The old Olympic Stadium of Athens, a marble reconstruction of the city s ancient stadium built for the first modern Olympics held in Athens, is open to ticket-paying visitors who can also visit a small Olympic museum on the site.                                                        One venue that has done well post-Games is the Panathenaic stadium in Athens. The old Olympic Stadium of Athens, a marble reconstruction of the city’s ancient stadium built for the first modern Olympics held in Athens, is open to ticket-paying visitors who can also visit a small Olympic museum on the site. Photograph: Petros Giannakouris/AP

 
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