Greece: Olympian Task

The Olympic Games are returning home to Greece. But it is not an easy process. Athens has so far failed to get the sites ready and there are real worries over security at this first summer games since the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

The World Today
Published 1 May 2004 Updated 16 October 2020 4 minute READ

George Kassimeris

Greek political commentator and Senior Research Fellow, Wolverhampton University

Hosting Olympic games is a colossal task for any nation, there’s no doubt about it. All the countries that have done it have discovered how difficult it is to gear up the whole state machinery for what has become a genuinely global event, viewed in homes in every country.

So staging the Olympics, after the brilliant success of Sydney, in a country of just under eleven million people overloaded with problems and with a much-deserved bad reputation in fighting terrorism, was always going to be a massive challenge, if not a gamble, for both the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Greece itself.

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