Overall expenses for Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics increased to 1.526 trillion rubles, or 37.5 billion euros . This sum is five times more the original budget in 2007. Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics has been named the most expensive Winter Olympics long ago. But it turned out, however, that there is no limit for expenses: Sochi 2014 will be the most expensive in the history of Olympics breaking the record of Beijing Summer Olympics.
Let’s imagine what could have been done for sports in Russia with this 1.526 trillion rubles.
According to population census conducted in Russia in 2010, there are 1100 centers of population that have status of the city in Russia. Population in these cities is 97 524 023 people.
A new swimming pool could have been built in each of these cities. For example, like the one that was launched on December 12, 2012 in Pskov. The length of the swimming pool ‘Universant’ is 25 meters, width is 16 meters, maximum depth is 1.8 meters, and it has 6 lanes.
The overall investment is 132 million rubles (or 3.2 million euros). Multiplying 132 million rubles by 1100 cities makes it 145 billion and 200 million rubles (3.5 billion euros).
In addition to swimming pool, a new skating rink could have been built. For example, like the one that was launched on December 28, 2012 in Vologda.
Construction expenses: 201 762 412 руб. руб. (5 million euros). Multiplying by 1100 cities it makes 221 938 653 200 [rubles] (5.4 billion euros).
In addition to swimming pool and skaring rink, a new stadium could have been built in each city. For example, like the one in Buryatia.
The central statium of The Republic of Buryatia is the main sport arena in Ulan-Ude and The Republic of Buryatia. The stadium is situated in the center of the city on the river front of Selenga. The stadium is the biggest sport object in Buryatia. The stadium is fitted up with state of the art equipment. The stadium has capacity to accommodate 10,000 viewers. The football field is covered by Duraspine Ultra 60 of the latest generation.
Construction expenses: 713,13 million rubles (17.5 million euros). Let’s multiply by 1100 cities and we get 784 443 000 000 [rubles] (19.2 billion euros).
In addition to skating rink, stadium and a swimming pool, a new sports and fitness complex could have been built in each city of Russia. For instance, in Severoonezhsk, Arkhangelsk Oblast, a new Fitness and Spots complex has been started on December 1, 2012. Fitness and Sports Complex has multi-purpose sports hall (size 36×18 meters), 2 gyms, comfortable changing rooms with modern furniture, and adminitrative and housekeeping rooms.
Construction costs: 68,7 million rubles (1.7 million euros). For the whole country – 75 570 000 000 [rubles] (1.8 billion euros).
Total: in each city of Russia a stadium, a swimming pool, fitness and sports complex and a skating rink could have been built. For such constructions we would need 1 227 151 653 200 [rubles] (30 billion euros). This means we have money left.
According to population census conducted in 2010, 18 711 251 men in the age of from 5 to 25 (inclusive) live in Russia. We could give each of these men a football ball “ADIDAS Tango’12 EURO 2012 OMB” which is the official game model for UEFA European Championshi 2012.
The ball costs 3743 rubles (92 euro). This is a retail price, not a wholesale price.
Let’s multiply by all men in the age of from 5 to 25. We get 70 036 212 493 [rubles] (1.7 billion euros).
Also, let’s give every all these men a basketball ball “Spalding TF-500” produced by USA. Retail price is 1599 rubles. Total spendings will be 29 919 290 349 [rubles] (735 million euros).
We could also give each men of Russia in the age of from 5 to 25 (inclusive) hockey skates “ATEMI ULTI Black JR” (1590 rubles, or 39 euro for a pair).
In addition, we could give every girl and woman of Russia in the age of from 5 to 25 (inclusive) figure skates “Atemi VISTA” (1280 rubles, or 31 euro). There are 18 039 965 such girls and women in Russia.
So, we would spend 23 091 155 200 [rubles] (567 million euros).
Also, we could give each of these girls and women a volleyball ball “Atemi AVC4S OCEAN” (290 rubles, or 7 euro).
So, we would spend 5 231 589 850 [rubles] (128 million euros).
In addition to all these gifts, we could give everybody (boys, girls, men and women) in the age of form 5 to 25 roller skates “OMEGA” (1832 rubles for a pair (45 euro)).
Also, we could give every person residing in Russia a cool skip rope “Сalory Jump (Bradex)” with electronic counter (349 rubles, or 8 euro).
Would spend 49 976 800 000 rubles (1.2 billion euro).
To conclude, with the money spent for Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, a new swimming pool, stadium, skating rink, and fitness and sports complex could have been built in each city of Russia.
Every men in Russia in the age of 5-25 could get a football ball, a basketball ball, hockey skates and roller skates.
Every girl and woman in Russia in the age of 5-25 could get a volleyball ball, figure skates, and roller skates.
And absolutely everybody in Russia could get skip rope with electronic counter.
And about 20 billion rubles (491 million euros) could have been left!
Thus, we would ensure the explosive development of sports in Russia and would beat everybody during any sports competition, not to speak of popularization of sports in Russia and nation’s health improvement. But instead, we will be witnessing expensive firework which does not have anything in common with sports development in the country.