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09 Sep 2019
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News from the Hellenic Olympic Committee

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09 september 2019


A bilateral cooperation agreement was signed between the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee (CTOC) and the Hellenic Olympic Committee (HOC) last month. CTOC President Hong-Dow Lin and Emmanuel Kolympadis, HOC Secretary General, inked the agreement at the signing ceremony. The ceremony was attended by Che-Hung Lin, Deputy Director General of Sports Administration, Ministry of Education; Isidoros Kouvelos, President of the International Olympic Academy (IOA); Theodora Bakoyannis, a Greek Member of Parliament; and many other guests. This is the 37th NOC to sign a Bilateral Cooperation Agreement with the CTOC. Furthermore, a ceremony was held to mark the unveiling of the CTOC’s “ATHENA” prize and the grand opening of the 42nd Session of the Chinese Taipei Olympic Academy (CTOA). During the ceremony, Hong-Dow Lin awarded the Laurel Medal to Isidoros Kouvelos in appreciation for the IOA’s continuous support towards the CTOA. More info at

13 june 2019

Hellenic NOC
The Hellenic NOC has announced that a delegation from the Slovak NOC, composed of its President, Anton Siekel; Secretary General, Jozef Liba; IOC Member Danka Bartekova; the Slovak Ambassador to Greece, Iveta Hricová; and a number of Olympians, recently visited Olympia. The delegation was welcomed by Hellenic NOC President Spyros Capralos, Secretary General Manolis Kolympadis and Honorary Dean of the IOA Kostas Georgiadis. The delegation visited the ancient stadium, the monument dedicated to Pierre de Coubertin, the IOA, the Museum of the Olympic Games Athens 2004 and other sites at Olympia. More details on

27 may 2019

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The opening of the programme “The generation of 2004 in Greece on the road to the Olympic Games Paris 2024” took place in Athens at the French Embassy in Greece. The event was attended by Guy Drut, IOC Member; Philippe Vinogradoff, the French Ambassador for Sport; and Spyros Capralos, the President of the Hellenic Olympic Committee (HOC). The programme is being co-organised by the French Embassy in Greece and the French Institute of Greece together with the HOC. It is designed to create an active network of 1,800 young people who will be capable of spreading the values of Olympism by 2024. This will be done through the organisation of annual Olympic meetings, to be attended by French and Greek athletes who took part in the Olympic Games Athens 2004. More info at

14 may 2019

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Greece and France expressed their joint position for the Olympic spirit to be included on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List during a meeting organised by the Hellenic Olympic Committee (HOC), and attended by representatives of the two countries, at the HOC headquarters. France was represented by IOC Member and Special Envoy for the IOC to UNESCO Guy Drut (left in photo). The Greek delegation was made up of HOC President Spyros Capralos (centre in photo), HOC Secretary General Manolis Kolympadis and representatives of the Ministry of Culture. The initiative to include the Olympic spirit on the UNESCO list was launched on 18 September 2018. The aim is for the Olympic spirit to be added to the Intangible Cultural Heritage List of a significant number of countries by early 2020 so that in 2021 the application can be submitted to UNESCO. Μore details here.

18 april 2019

The President of the Hellenic NOC, Spyros Capralos, alongside Olympic and world champions and numerous other high-level athletes celebrated the 6th edition of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, which hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. More details on

26 March 2019

Hellenic Olympic Committee

The first event of the Hellenic Olympic Committee (HOC) Athletes’ Commission was successfully held at the HOC premises in order to raise awareness about the dual career concept for athletes after their retirement. The event was based on experience focused on the athletes and the people who support them. Olympic gymnastics champion Lefteris Petrounias, Olympic sailing champion Pavlos Kagialis, world cycling champion Christos Volikakis, Athletes’ Commission Chair Vasiliki Millousi, the Deputy Minister of Sports, Giorgos Vasiliadis, and the HOC President, Spyros Capralos, participated in the event. More details at

15 January 2019

Hellenic NOC

The Hellenic NOC Annual Awards Ceremony was held in the presence of the President of the Hellenic Republic, Prokopios Pavlopoulos. The athletes who were honoured along with their coaches were those who won gold medals at the European and World Championships in 2018 and at the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018 as well as those who secured quota places for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The ceremony was also attended by the President of the European Olympic Committees, Janez Kocijančič, and its Secretary General, Raffaele Pagnozzi, as well as the President of the International Committee of Mediterranean Games, Amar Addadi, and the Secretary General, Iakovos Filippousis. The 2018 IOC Olympism in Action trophy was awarded to Stefanos Handakas, who secured the medical support programme for the athletes, for his contribution to sport and Olympism. More info here. Tennis champion Alexandros Caldwell was the last athlete to receive financial aid offered by the Olympic family through the Hellenic NOC and its President, Spyros Capralos to all those affected by the devastating wildfires in summer 2018. In total, 14 people and three sports clubs have shared EUR 150,000 donated by the IOC, the European Olympic Committees and the Association of National Olympic Committees to assist athletes affected by the fire and to repair the damage to the sports venues in the fire-stricken areas. More info here.

1st October 2018

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The Hellenic NOC, the Hellenic Olympic Academy, the International Olympic Truce Centre and the “Connect Athens” association celebrated the International Day of Peace, on 21 September, at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens. On this occasion, schoolchildren took part in games and painted for peace, with the help of Olympic and world champions like Virginia Kravarioti, Dimitris Kafatos and Dimitris Miteloudis. This was followed by music and dance shows, in which the Loutraki Philharmonic Orchestra took part. At 8 p.m., the celebrations reached a climax with all the participants symbolically lighting a candle to send the message that peace is not and should never be an unattainable dream. More details on

17 July 2018

Hellenic NOC

On a visit to the Hellenic NOC, International Handball Federation (IHF) President Hassan Mustafa was greeted by NOC President Spyros Capralos, First Vice-President Stelios Angeloudis, Secretary General Manolis Kolympadis and NOC member and Greek Olympic Academy President Giorgos Alikakos. The NOC President congratulated the IHF President for his contribution to the Olympic Movement and his support for Greek handball. The Under-19 World Championships being held in Greece in 2021 were among the subjects discussed at a meeting.

9 July 2018

Hellenic Olympic Committee

Olympic Day 2018 was celebrated in Athens, Thessaloniki and Ancient Olympia with the participation of thousands of citizens. In Athens, the Hellenic Olympic Committee (HOC), the National Olympic Academy (NOA) and the Athanasios K. Laskaridis Public Benefit Foundation celebrated an event entitled "A Great Sea, Environment - Sports - Volunteerism" at the Panathenaic Stadium. In Thessaloniki, the Olympic Museum-Protergia, the HOC and the NOA jointly organised a 5km race in which Olympians, world champions, athletes and thousands of people took part. In Ancient Olympia, sports and artistic events attracted hundreds of people of all ages, who participated in the 3rd Vikelios Race. The event was also attended by young people from all over the world who were taking part in the International Olympic Academy’s 58th Session for Young Participants, as well as by Greek weightlifter Giorgos Tzelilis and Kenyan Olympic champion in athletics Eliud Kipchoge. More info at

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