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Many years ago, a Greek citizen resident in Japan wrote a letter to The Japan Times, suggesting that rather than holding competitions for the Olympics city, a permanent site should be established — in Greece, of course, the original location of the ancient games.

He may have been motivated by Hellenic chauvinism, but in light of the corruption, nationalistic flag-waving and, above all, the expense of constructing a new Olympics site every four years — not to mention the environmental impact — this idea ought to be considered seriously for the post-Rio Olympics.

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