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Youth Olympic Flame Lit in Panathenaic Stadium

The ceremony of the Olympic flame for the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China in 2014 was held today, in an empty Panathenaic Stadium. The ceremony was attended by the Greek President of the Republic, Karolos Papoulias, while the new...

Karamanlis' and Papandreou's Long-term Holidays

The two former Greek prime ministers, Costas Karamanlis and George Papandreou spend their holidays in opulent villas and suites, from plunging in the Aegean to trips abroad. Karamanlis, according to Proto Thema, traveled with his family around Southern Italy during...

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...

IOC President Jacques Rogge Calls London Home of The Olympics; Forgets Greece

International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge frustrated millions of Greeks around the world as he inaccurately called London "home of the Olympics," during his opening ceremony speech. Greece, the country that created the concept of the Olympic games more than 2,500 years ago, was not...

London 2012 Olympics Torch Lit in Ancient Olympia

The London 2012 Olympics torch was kindled by the sun's rays in ancient Olympia on Thursday, sparking a relay that will culminate with the lighting of the Olympic stadium's cauldron at the Games opening ceremony on July 27. On a...

2004 Athens Olympics Contributed to Greek Debt, Says Games Official

Greece's hosting of the 2004 Athens Olympics contributed to the country's massive debt, the head of the International Olympic Committee Jacques Rogge told a Greek daily newspaper Tuesday. 'You can fairly say that the 2004 Games played their part. If...