Isaac K. Oommen is a freelance journalist and writer, originally from Dubai. He traveled extensively through the Middle East and south Asia before settling in Vancouver. He blogs for submedia.tv and the Vancouver Media Co-Op.
The latest estimate of the cost of the Olympics to be borne by the public is $6.1 billion. This figure includes the expansion of the Sea-to-Sky Highway, the construction of the Richmond-Airport-Vancouver rail link, the expansion of the Vancouver Convention Centre, the construction of an athletes’ village and various venues, and a ballooning security budget. The two-week sporting event is set to be the most expensive entertainment spectacle in B.C.‘s history.