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«Bring the Olympics Back Home to GREECE.»

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Bring the Olympics Back Home to GREECE.

The first modern Olympics were held in Athens in 1896. Since then, Greece has called for the Olympics to be permanently brought back home to Greece.

Commentators have also repeatedly called for making Greece the permanent home of the summer Olympics, citing the corruption in the host city bidding process and the cost to cities to host the Olympics.

As Paul Glastris wrote in The Washington Monthly this summer, «The problem is that hosting the Olympic games in a different city every year is unnecessary and, as a matter of basic management, moronic. For one thing, it’s incredibly expensive. […] Shifting the games every four years is also a colossal waste of human capital…»

There are many options that have been proposed, from having Greece be one of a set of permanent homes for the Olympics to having the Olympics in Greece with a different city taking on hosting responsibilities each time. Whatever the idea may be, it’s clear that the current bidding and hosting process is broken, and that bringing the Olympics back home to Greece can and should be part of the solution.

Please sign our letter to the International Olympic Committee calling on it to explore bringing the Olympics back home to Greece. 

http://action.hellenicleaders.com/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=19337

Dear Members of The International Olympic Committee:

We urge you to explore making Greece the permanent home of the summer Olympics.

The first modern Olympics were held in Greece in 1896, and since then, Greece has lobbied for the return of the Olympics. It’s not just Greece proposing the idea. There is a groundswell of support for the idea from analysts, columnists and newspapers around the world.

Those speaking out in support of a permanent home for the Olympics point to deficiencies in the host city bidding process, the massive cost to cities to build the infrastructure necessary to host the Olympics, and the fact that many of these projects simply go to waste after the Olympics are over.

Hosting the Games in a permanent location helps to address all of these problems. There are several ideas circulating, from having Greece be part of a series of permanent cities to having different cities host the Olympics in Greece every four years. Whatever the solution, it’s clear that one is needed.

It would be fitting to bring the Games back to their ancient home. We urge you to consider the idea and hope you will find, as we have, that a permanent home for the summer Olympics in Greece is the most practical, rational and hopeful way forward toward strengthening the Olympics for generations to come.

 

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