20 abandoned Olympic venues – Rio stadiums, Beijing arenas and Montreal parks

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The delayed 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo get underway tonight.

Pushed back by a one year due to the coronavirus pandemic, Japan is now preparing to get the sporting action underway.

This is the second of three consecutive Olympics to be held in Asia, following on from the 2018 winter games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and before the 2022 winter Olympics in Beijing, China.

Over the years, many of the venues used to host Summer and Winter Olympic Games have become unused and left to rot – something Japan will hope to avoid.

Daily Star Sport have taken a look at 20 venues that became abandoned after serving their purpose…

Athens – 2004

Greece finished in 15th place in the overall medal count at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

The financial cost of serving as the host country soon took its toll, resulting in many of the venues no longer being used for any purpose.

The beachball arena was among the various locations that was quickly neglected after the Games, including: the Olympic Village, hockey stadium, canoe and slalom centre, softball stadium, baseball stadium and aquatics centre.

Rio – 2016

After hosting the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Brazil were also responsible for staging the 2016 Olympics.

Brazil won seven gold medals at the Games, meanwhile Great Britain ranked second in the medal table.

Among the venues to go to waste was an aquatic centre, as shown below.

In addition to this, the Olympic Park and Rio Media Centre were ruined within one year of the Games.

Sarajevo – 1984

Many of the facilities from the Sarajevo Olympics were left unusable after the Bosnian war that took place between 1992 and 1995.

The graffiti-covered walls shown below were once slabs of concrete covered in a thin sheet of ice for a bobsled track, meanwhile a ski jump and Olympic hotel were also neglected.

Berlin – 1936

The 1936 Olympics in Berlin were the first Games to be televised.

These games were the last Olympics until 1948, following the end of World War Two.

The following picture shows the abandoned Olympic Village used as part of the Games.

Images of a derelict swimming pool have also emerged in recent years.

Montreal – 1976

Montreal, Canada, hosted the 1976 Summer Games.

The Games took place between July 17- August 1 that year.

29 countries boycotted the Games after the International Olympic Committee refused to ban New Zealand after the New Zealand national rugby union toured South Africa earlier that year despite calls from the United Nations' calls for a sporting embargo of the country.

Montreal struggled to find a use for its purpose-built Olympic Park for many years, but has recently been turned into office space.

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Beijing – 2008

Beijing hosted the 2008 Summer Games and has been selected to host the next year's Winter Olympics, making it the first city ever to host both a Summer and Winter Games.

China may look to reuse some of the original venues, though some of them will not be available for use.

Arenas such as a volleyball stadium, kayaking facility and beachball stadium all suffered damaged and remain closed.

Turin – 2006

Italy took responsibility of the 2006 Winter Games.

Pictured below is the Olympic Village, which was abandoned before later being used by the country to home refugees.

Police have since cleared the building, which occurred in 2019.

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