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10 March, 2001
Former British sports minister Tony Banks on Friday proposed the creation of a "Vatican of Sports" in Greece, so that the Olympic Games may permanently take place in Greece.
During an interview to Greece's state owned NET TV, Banks said that organising the Games is becoming more and more expensive, allowing only a small number of countries to undertake such an effort. Banks, the chairman of the House of Commons sports committee, called for an international effort to establish a special Olympic Games centre in Greece with contributions from all countries, creating an independent entity within Greece, which will have the same status as that of the Vatican, which in turn will be supported by contributions by all other countries.
Commenting on the Athens 2004 Games he said that he was confident Greece would successfully organise the Games, adding that he visits Greece for his holidays - along with millions of his countrymen - and considers Greece one of the safest countries in the world.
Source: Athens News Agency