There’s A Mounting Call To Make Greece Permanent Home Of The Olympics, And It Makes Perfect Sense
So in case you missed it, Boston is out as the U.S. candidate to play host to the 2024 Summer Olympics. It's the wise thing to do -- holding an Olympics in Boston would have been like holding Prince George's second birthday party in a small Manhattan apartment.
More than half of Boston residents (ie, voters) were against it, and when the USOC asked Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to sign a contract that guaranteed taxpayers would assume any cost overruns, he found that he had misplaced his pen. So now the USOC is looking at Los Angeles, although one wonders why. Other cities to have put in bids are Rome, Paris, Berlin, Nairobi, Casablanca and Kiev. Who would pick a last-minute LA bid over Casablanca? Perhaps only the Germans.
But it’s a process that won’t be decided for two years (in Lima, Peru in 2017), and there is another superior idea out there in social media. And the International Olympic Committee should grab it.
Make Greece the permanent home of the Summer Olympics.
You know, if we permanently located the Olympics in Greece, with stadiums funded by the EU, maybe they'd have a working economy again.
— j lina corvus (@jlina) July 27, 2015
You may disagree, posing the argument that Greece hosted the 2004 Games, and that's partly why their economy crumbled. But that's exactly why they should permanently host the games. Those 2004 venues they built are in ruins now -- and not the profitable kind that fuel the tourist economy. But if those stadiums had been built as permanent structures, used at the least every four years, they would be economic boons. There would be permanent jobs to both staff them and for improvements. Plus:
* It could all be funded by the EU, mitigating the need for an economic bailout, which is coming anyway. The world may as well get something for its money.
* It's the birthplace of the Games -- in a way, Greece owns them.
* Think of the boost to the tourist economy if hundreds of thousands jammed the country every four years, and all bought lamb kabobs.
* No horrific new mascots every four years as one nation tries to outdo the others. Agree on a sensible one and give him a permanent job.
* Greece is more or less centrally located -- I don't suppose folks in England or Sweden are relishing that trip to Brazil next year.
* Take some of the power out of the hands of the IOC, whom I imagine enjoys its role as kingmaker. Some say it's just as corrupt as FIFA, so this takes away some of their clout.
As the Boston fiasco is proving, cities are thinking twice about hosting big-box events such as the Olympics and the World Cup, preferring to use the money for schools, transportation and hospitals. They had riots in most of Brazil over this all of last year, and we may have had some in Boston if that bid actually started costing money.
So why not plop the games down in Greece, near Athens, and stop all of this moving around and jockeying for position? Greece needs the money, and the world needs the peace of mind. Of course my dream of an Olympics in Casablanca would die, but so be it. I for one am tired of rounding up all the usual suspects every four years.
— Telegraph Letters (@LettersDesk) July 22, 2015
Here is my idea: build permanent infrastructure for the Olympics in one country & always have them there. Maybe Greece, they could use it.
— Kelsey D. Atherton (@AthertonKD) July 27, 2015
Maybe Greece should apply for intellectual property rights on the Olympics and Democracy and then charge for usage. Just an idea...
— Adam Stokes (@MrAGStokes) July 20, 2015
Historians point to the first Olympics in 776 B.C. in Greece as the birth of track and field.
— Basketball! (@ballerzpage) July 16, 2015