July 28, 2012

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Terence Quick Slams Statements By J.Rogge - Greece Is The Birthplace of The Olympics, Not The UK

While speaking at Friday night's opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics in London, the President of the International Olympic Committee Jacques Rogge said that the games have come home. This infuriated many people in Greece, and across the globe, who know that the birth land of the Olympic Games is Greece. Of course Rogge was referring to modern sports, but the idea of the Olympics, its ideals, and everything else he mentioned is a Greek patent... and in no way was born in the UK. The statement was totally unacceptable as well as uncalled for and he should revoke it immediately.

"In a sense, the Olympic Games are coming home tonight," Rogge said, to the only city ever to host the Games three times, over a span of more than a century, in a country he called "the birthplace of modern sport."

The statement also angered some members in the Greek government and on Saturday the spokesman for the Independent Greek Party, Terence Quick said that Rogge has no concept of history. Quick described the statements as being very provocative while he also added that Rogge is a worthwhile successor of the tacky commercialization of the Olympic Ideal.

Quick also slammed the Greek Olympic Committee for not reacting to the statements as well. He said that its members Spyros Kapralos and Isidoris Kouvelos did not represent us correctly, while he also criticized Minister for Athleticism Ioannis Ioannidis, who he said was in London watching the ceremony and could have reacted immediately but chose not to!

The Greek Independent Party then called on Jacques Rogge to immediately revoke this statement and ask for a public apology from the Greek people and Greece, which he noted is the mother to the Olympic Games. "I want to also reiterate the proposal from (former prime minister) Constantine Karamanlis to permanently hold the Olympic Games in Greece and specifically in Ancient Olympia. This should be our focus," Quick added.

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