Greece Expels Voula Papachristou From Olympics Over Racist Tweets

By DEMETRIS NELLAS ATHENS, Greece — Triple jumper Voula Papachristou was kicked off Greece’s Olympic team Wednesday for her comments on Twitter mocking African immigrants and expressing support for a far-right political party. The Hellenic Olympic Committee said Papachristou is “placed outside the Olympic team for statements contrary to the values and ideas of the … Continue reading

Was It Worth It? Debt-Ridden Greeks Question the Cost of the 2004 Olympics

Eight years after the Athens summer games, Greece is in economic turmoil and the value of all those expensive new facilities is in question. By JOSH SANBURN The Helliniko Olympic Complex in Athens was supposed to be thriving long after the 2004 Summer Olympics had ended. Built on part of the site of the city’s old … Continue reading

Can lefties do Britishness?

BY ROWENNA DAVIS Like most good teenagers, I had a lot of dramatic political revelations. This was one of them: we all have multiple identities. I might be a Londoner, a Brit, English and European. But the identity that matters most is our humanity. If everyone could realise that we’d all be ok. No more wars, … Continue reading

Olympics Blamed for Stoking Debt Crisis in Greece

ATHENS – As London prepares to host the 2012 Olympic Games, Athens’ experience eight years ago could offer some sobering lessons. Many of the facilities now lie overgrown and empty. Many Greeks – and even the head of the International Olympic Committee – say hosting the 2004 Olympics contributed to the country’s debt crisis. The … Continue reading

Greece, amid debt crisis, is limping toward London Olympics

ATHENS, Greece — Ancient Greeks invented the Olympics and the nation’s athletes have remained loyal participants throughout the years, but contemporary Greeks are struggling to make the Summer Games in London. With less than three weeks before the May 10 flame-lighting ceremony at Ancient Olympia, which starts the official countdown to the late-July opening of the Games, … Continue reading