Hellenic Olympic Committee holds Annual Awards Ceremony
The Hellenic Olympic Committee’s Annual Awards Ceremony was held at the HOC Conference Hall in the presence of the Vice President of the Government, Panagiotis Pikrammenos, the Deputy Minister of Sport, Lefteris Avgenakis, the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and President of the Association of friends of children with cancer “Elpida”, Marianna Vardinogianni and many more prominent figures in sports, politics and arts.
In his speech, the President of the Hellenic Olympic Committee, Spyros Capralos, said: “The new year which has just begun is very important. This is a “double” Olympic year! Greece participated with 12 athletes in the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne which have just ended. The biggest sporting event in the world, the Tokyo Olympic Games will start in 182 days as of now.
Greek athletes, as has been the case since 1896, will travel to Tokyo with the aim of making all Greeks proud once again, with their overall presence and – we hope – with their successful performance. Twenty-three athletes have already secured their participation in the Olympics and I hope that this number will grow significantly this year”.
Mr. Capralos also stated: “The Hellenic Olympic Committee will move towards the new decade that has just begun. With the new statutes and by a new law which came into effect, the HOC has changed its status from public to private entity. Therefore, I would like to thank the Deputy Minister of Sport, Lefteris Avgenakis, for satisfying this specific request, which was not only ours but also the IOC’s. Now the HOC will be faster, more flexible and more effective in decision-making and implementation, with absolute transparency…”
During the ceremony the HOC honored the athletes who were qualified for the Olympic Games within 2019 and won medals at the 2nd European Games of Minsk, Belarus last summer.
The 2019 IOC Trophy “Sport and Sustainable Architecture” was awarded to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation for the construction of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center which was designed on sustainable standards. The Center was then donated to the people of Greece.