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
4801 5 months ago Eneas Zisis GB
4800 5 months ago peter drossos , US
4799 6 months ago James Carras , US
4798 6 months ago Angelo Sakellariou , US
4797 6 months ago Marianna Strikou GR
4796 6 months ago Anonymous NL Stop the waste of money and resources. Some of this waste (for example Rio 2016) can be seen on this page:
4795 6 months ago Vassiliki Zapsas US
4794 6 months ago Kathryn Neves da Rocha US
4793 6 months ago Anonymous GR
4792 7 months ago Mike Hadjimichael , US
4791 7 months ago Lexi Mantice , US
4790 8 months 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...
4789 8 months ago Lexi Mantice , US
4788 8 months ago Kosta Mantis , AU
4787 8 months ago Danny Kessinger US
4786 9 months ago William Demos , US
4785 9 months ago Michail Karatzas , GB
4784 9 months ago makis havadjias , US
4783 9 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.
4782 9 months ago Osan Călin RO
4781 10 months ago John Saltas , US
4780 10 months ago Ioannis Galpidis GR
4779 10 months ago Eleni Tomaras , US
4778 10 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...
4777 10 months ago Evie Anastasiou McCarty US
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