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SBD Global/October 29, 2013/Olympics

Majority Of Sarajevo Winter Olympics Venues Reduced To Rubble Due To Neglect

Abandoned and left to crumble into oblivion, most of the 1984 Winter Olympic venues in Bosnia's capital, Sarajevo, "have been reduced to rubble by neglect as much as the 1992-95 conflict that tore apart the former Yugoslavia," according to Zoran Milosavljevic of REUTERS. One set of photographs "shows the venues gleaming with state of the art facilities nearly three decades ago, when Sarajevo made the former Yugoslavia the first communist country to host the Winter Games." The other "paints a sad picture of the bobsleigh and luge track at Mount Trebevic, the Mount Igman ski jumping course and accompanying objects decomposing into obscurity." The bobsleigh and luge track, which was also used for World Cup competitions after the Olympics, "became a Bosnian-Serb artillery stronghold during the war and is nowadays a target of frequent vandalism, still bearing the scars of war epitomised by defensive holes drilled by the troops." The two ski jumping hills "were also never used after becoming battlegrounds, although there are plans to reconstruct the in-runs, expand the large one and build new spectator stands and visitor facilities" (REUTERS, 10/28).
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