Greece is famous as the birthplace of the Olympic Games. Ancient Olympia is renowned as the home of the Olympic Flame. The Turkish Prime Minister has decided history could be improved upon by claiming Turkey is in fact the true owner of the Olympic Flame.
The Olympic Flame symbolizes the connection between the modern Olympic Games and the ancient ones. In the past the high priestess of the Temple of Hera would light the flame, an event commemorated in the modern lighting of the Olympic torch every four years amidst the ruins of the Doric Temple of Hera, goddess of Olympus.
The Turkish government would now like to see history rewritten. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, together with Turkish Youth & Sports Minister, Saut Kilic, have claimed the Olympic Flame is in fact Turkish and requested it be returned to its true home. During a meeting with the President of the International Olympic Committee, Jacques Rogge, the Turkish duo asked for the flame to be "returned home." Their request appeared to be an attempt to bolster Turkeys bid to host the 2020 Olympics.
Athens News reported the Turks claim that legend has it that Mount Olympus, close to Antalya in Turkey, is the original source of the Olympic Flame. The Turkish claims were summarily dismissed by Isidoros Kouvelos, chief of Greece’s London Olympics mission. He suggested that Erdoğan acquaint himself with historical facts pertaining to the Olympics, rather than myths.
Kouvelos said “I would cordially like to invite Mr. Erdogan and his minister Mr. Kilic to ancient Olympia, to where the Olympic Academy resides, so they can both attend some interesting lectures on Olympic history”.