European Olympic Committees President Janez Kocijančič and Secretary General Raffaele Pagnozzi were awarded at the Hellenic Olympic Committee Annual Awards Ceremony in Athens on 9th January.

They both received the prizes by HOC President and Secretary General who thanked the EOC for its support to the Hellenic Olympic Committee during the wildfires that devastated the country last summer.

“The IOC, the EOC and the ANOC deeply concerned for the disaster that hit Greece last summer, offering 150.000$ to athletes and sport infrastructure who suffered from them,” Capralos said. “I want to wholeheartedly thank EOC for this important gesture, which shows solidarity to our country and to the Hellenic Olympic Committee.”

For his part, Kocijančič extended the greetings of the European Olympic family to the participants and thanked the HOC for its contribution to today’s world: “It is an honour to be here today. We are all aware that Greece is at the cradle of the Olympic ideals and values and we are very proud that your nation invented such a unifying and successful event,” he said. “The Olympic Games are one of the rare ideas that really unites the world”.

The event – which saw the participation of President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopios Pavlopoulos – intended to honour many Olympic medallists and champions along with their trainers for their gold medals achievements at the European and World Championships in 2018. 

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