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Letter to Editor

Letter to the Editor: On the Olympic Games and ‘Ekecheiria’

To the Editor:

It is imperative for the Olympic Games in Tokyo Japan this year 2021- that the Practice of ‘Ekecheiria’ be implemented to honor of the dignity that define these historical games, conducting the fundamental spirit of peace.

I refer to the symbolism of the lighted Olympic Torch that commences from the source of the games, Olympia, Greece. Every four years in honor to celebrate its universal essence of the glory of athletic performance, the lighted torch, this sacred Flame is the symbol that [embraces] all nations of the world.

The nations whose talented athletes participate in the various events are subscribed to endure and honor the sacred Olympic Oath of honoring the spirit in the name of victory and glory for Universal Peace.

The proclamation must be stipulated that any nation that is participating must NOT violate its duty to foster Ekecheiria – to NOT violate the sacred rule of international peace. No nation may be engaged in hostilities, by confrontational or aggressive behavior towards any nation. Any nation that resorts to military actions that destabilize the national security of the offended nation must be found in default and be disqualified.

The International Olympic Committee must be firm and rule by the sacred law of Ekecheiria.

Upon its findings of violating the spirit of peace a nation must immediately cease and desist from military aggression and thereby be fined and its athletes be removed from the Olympic Games and simultaneously be barred from participating in the next Olympic Games the following four years from the current international event! 

Also, let's not ignore the lucrative business that the Olympic International Committee endorses to receive millions of dollars of royalties from numerous companies like Adidas, Nike, the media, etc. These companies receive huge benefits in marketing contracts and international exposure. It is time for Olympia, Greece to receive royalties as the source of the Games. The Olympic Flame that travels all over the world in the name of peace and celebration is the symbolic witness and the substantial fact of its legal status of Hellenic pride since its inception 776 BC.  

The Greek Nation is honored as it is the flag of the Greek nation that opens and closes the commemorative ceremonies and celebrations every four years.

Thereby, it should be made by mandate that Olympia Greece should receive millions of dollars of royalties for its origin and preservation of these historic games. The Flame should not be dis-honored, abused by nations that undermine Erecheiria and not paying the Hellenic nation its fair due. I would appreciate that you and your friends protect and honor this by duty in the spirit of international Peace.

Vassilis G. Tourikis

Anacortes, WA

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