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International Olympic Committee to Award President Pavlopoulos With Gold Olympic Order

President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopios Pavlopoulos will be awarded the Gold Olympic Order medal for his great contributions to the Olympic movement, Olympic ideals and the Olympic legacy, it was recently announced. The award will be given to the...

Greek Pole Vaulter Katerina Stefanidi a Candidate for IOC Athletes' Commission

Greece's recent Olympic gold medalist in the pole vault Katerina Stefanidi was confirmed on Thursday as an official candidate for membership in the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Athletes’ Commission. The election will be held during the Tokyo Olympic Games...

World's Wrestlers Gather In Olympia

With the International Olympic Committee (IOC) ready to drop wrestling starting with the 2020 Games, many of the world's top young wrestlers are hoping to change its mind by taking part in a tourney July 20-21 at the site...

Putin Wants Wrestling Kept In Olympics

Russian President Vladimir Putin has criticized a decision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to drop wrestling from the games and also asked for the Russian martial art of Sambo to be included. "The exclusion from the Olympic program of...

Greece Backs Turkey For 2020 Olympics

With the selection of a host city for the 2020 Olympic Games down to Madrid, Istanbul and Tokyo and the winner to be named on Sept. 13, Greece has thrown its support behind its neighbor Turkey. Enemies for 400 years...

Greece, Athletes Furious IOC Drops Wrestling

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is being besieged by athletes, critics and Greek officials for its decision to drop wrestling, one of the premier events of the ancient and modern games in favor of sports it thinks can draw...

Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan Reportedly Claims Olympic Flame is Turkish

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated, occasioned by the 2012 Olympic Games taking place in London, that the Olympic flame and by extension, the Olympic torch relay, has a Turkish origin. According to star.gr, during a meeting they had...

High Jump Champ Chondrokoukis Fails Drug Test, Out of Olympics

ATHENS – The 2012 Olympic Games in London have not even opened yet and Greece’s disgrace – which began when triple jumper Paraskevi Papachristou was banned after she tweeted a racist message about immigrants – has been compounded by...

Don't Lower the Flag in London – Bring Olympics Back to Greece

ATHENS - Alexandros Nikolaidis is a real Greek, an imposing 6-7 Evzone of a man and a two-time Silver Medalist in Tae Kwan Do in the Olympics – in Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008 - and the...

Greek Olympic Chief Denies He Sold London Games Tickets

ATHENS – Greek Olympic Committee President Spyros Capralos has denied reports that he obtained extra tickets for the 2012 games in London to re-sell on the black market, although he was caught on camera allegedly boasting about the scheme....