Inside haunting abandoned £32BILLION Beijing Olympics stadiums with Games venues deserted, disused and dilapidated

THE WORLD looked on in awe in 2008 when Beijing hosted the Olympic Games.

Back then, China was praised for staging an incredible show for the entire globe to watch thanks to a combination of incredible architectural feats and excellent organisation.

The venues and stadiums from the 2008 Olympics in Beijing have been abandoned – including the white-water venueCredit: AFP or licensors
Small reminders that this concrete eye-sore hosted the Olympics remain via the colourful floats left abandoned on the courseCredit: AFP or licensors
The venue has been left to dry upCredit: AFP or licensors
Some of the venues are starting to be swallowed up by greeneryCredit: AFP or licensors

But the state of the Olympic stadiums and venues from 15 years ago, which China splashed £32BILLION on, has left the world in shock.

The water-sport parks are now completely dried-up, including the once glittering white-water rafting run which is now in absolute ruin.

It now appears to be little more than a concrete eyesore.

The beach volleyball stands are now reduced to rust and rotting wood.

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And the once show-stopping BMX track now looks more like a jungle with a rusty frame poking its ugly head through the greenery.

Sprawled across Beijing are more haunting reminders of the memorable Games.

Mascots including Nini, Yingjing and Beibei are lying in tatters across the grounds.

Once sparkling signage is now covered in grime or warped through weathering.

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But the impressive Bird’s Nest Stadium is still in use to this day and it would appear to be the only one still going strong.

Beijing is not the only host city to fall foul of the post-Olympics hangover.

Rio de Janeiro is suffering a similar fate after the 2016 Games and the same goes for Athens after they hosted the Olympics in 2004.

In Brazil, a number of venues are in utter disrepair with their £9billion Games legacy in tatters.

The same goes for Greece where their Olympic Stadium, which holds a larger capacity than all English grounds except Old Trafford and Wembley, had to shut down recently due to poor maintenance.

Now we wait and see how Tokyo deals with its venues after the 2020 Olympics.

Even the Olympics mascots – Nini, Yingjing and Beibei – have been left unattended lying on the groundCredit: AFP or licensors
The Beijing 2008 venues weren’t maintained after the Games – with the BMX track now overgrownCredit: AFP or licensors
The volleyball stadium has begun to rust and rotCredit: AFP or licensors
The 2008 Olympics cost a staggering £32billion – but venues like this pool have dried upCredit: AFP
Some stadiums have been completely neglected, with signage decaying and rustingCredit: AFP or licensors
Eerie reminders of what once was – such as this frame at the BMX venue, remain visibleCredit: AFP or licensors
China received immense praise when they staged the Olympics – but the big winner now is the greenery that is breaking throughCredit: AFP or licensors
Signing for the Games is now covered in grimeCredit: AFP or licensors
Sad reminders of what was once a gleaming beacon remainCredit: AFP or licensors
The canoe signs have rusted through neglectCredit: AFP or licensors

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