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. Read what they're saying here.

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. 

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4793 1 day ago Kathryn Neves da Rocha US
4792 3 weeks ago Anonymous GR
4791 1 month ago Michael Hadjimichael , US
4790 1 month ago Alexandra Mantice , US
4789 1 month ago James Kepreotes AU Let’s talk about a copyright that belongs to Greece.
The Modern Olympic Movement has done well to get the Games to where they are now since 1896. Now it might be time to revise the whole process...
4788 2 months ago Alexandra Mantice , US
4787 2 months ago Kosta Mantis , AU
4786 3 months ago Danny Kessinger US
4785 3 months ago William Belchou , US
4784 3 months ago Michail Karatzas , GB
4783 3 months ago makis havadjias UM
4782 3 months ago STERGIOS SMIRLIS GR Το Ολυμπιακό πνεύμα του Ωραίου του Μεγάλου και του Αληθινού παρουσιάζεται στο χώρο που γεννήθηκε και σχετίζεται με την ψυχή και το σώμα του ανθρώπου και ποτέ με το χρήμα.
4781 4 months ago Osan Călin RO
4780 4 months ago John Saltas , US
4779 4 months ago Ioannis Galpidis GR
4778 4 months ago Eleni Tomaras , US
4777 4 months ago Anonymous US It makes more sense - economically and historically to bring the Olympic games back to Greece. Not only would it revive the Greek economy, but the fact that the games originated in Greece would mak...
4776 4 months ago Evie Anastasiou McCarty US
4775 4 months ago Carol Thompson AU Let the games begin! But only in Greece.
4774 4 months ago Anonymous US
4773 4 months ago Topiltzin H Xochitiotzin Ortega MX
4772 4 months ago Elias Georgatos , US
4771 4 months ago Anonymous US
4770 4 months ago George Paralemos , US
4769 5 months ago Anonymous
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