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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Number Date Name Location Optional Comment
4673 3 days ago James Wattley Carras , US
4672 3 days ago Anonymous US
4671 3 weeks ago Jason Vergados , US
4670 3 weeks ago Andreas Yanniotis , US
4669 4 weeks ago Anonymous CA
4668 1 month ago Kyriakos Kouveliotis GR
4667 2 months ago Derek Boosey US Give the ‘2024 Games’ to Los Angeles who has proved in 1984 that it could have a financially successful Olympic Games and ensure with the USA Federal government and President Trump that they will be...
4666 2 months ago Lamros Alexakis , US
4665 2 months ago Ollie Karidis , AU
4664 2 months ago Matthew Skiba US Hello friends, you should sign this too
4663 2 months ago Matthew Skiba US
4662 2 months ago Anonymous AU
4661 2 months ago Petros Pruim , AU The concept of the games returning to their birthplace, in a dedicated home with facilities that are maintained to the highest standards, and where individual nations can build and maintain their ow...
4660 3 months ago Deb Lovoulos US Why?
Why not....
It's History, tradition.
It's central location is perfect!!
Prevent another "Athens" or "Rio"....the expense is so great for host city after host city to spend.
4659 3 months ago Kosta Tasouilis , US
4658 3 months ago Avinash Minhas , US
4657 3 months ago Peter Moulinos US Given that more and more countries are not interested in hosting the Olympics, returning them to a permanent home in Athens is in the best interests of the games.
4656 3 months ago Melvin Walcott US It would improve the Olympic experience for every one, world wide
4655 3 months ago John Chatzipaschalis GR
4654 3 months ago DIMITRIOS GIANNAKIDIS , US
4653 3 months ago Ryan Pangilinan US Look what has been happening to every single olympic site post Olympics, they tend to be abandoned and desolate. In addition, it places a financial toll on the host city and the people that live the...
4652 3 months ago Ioannis Stoupis GB Bring the Olympics Back Home to Greece!
4651 3 months ago Georgios Kakavelos , US Bring the Olympics back home where they should ALWAYS be.
4650 4 months ago Stephen Aiena US And the Olympic village could serve as a tourist destination (e.g., a "history of the Olympics" theme park) when not used for competition.
4649 4 months ago Nikos Mouyiaris , US
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