- 12 Aug 2004
- IOC News
Visa Olympians Reunion Centre Opens
The Visa Olympians Reunion Centre was opened on Thursday night, 11 August. IOC President Jacques Rogge attended a ceremony at 7 p.m. to open the Centre, which provides Olympians with a place to meet at the Olympic Games. Designed to enhance the Olympic Games experience for all visiting Olympians, the Centre is located at the historic Athens Tennis Club in downtown Athens and will be open for the duration of the 2004 Olympic Games.
Partnership Honours Olympians
The Visa Olympians Reunion Centre - a salute to all Olympians - is the result of a partnership between the IOC, the World Olympians Association, the Hellenic Olympians Association and Visa, the founding partner. Visa is a Worldwide Olympic Partner and the Official Payment Systems sponsor of the Olympic Games.
Becoming an Olympic Tradition
The Visa Olympians Reunion Centre is becoming a tradition at the Olympic Games. Visa International first developed the Centre for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. Since then, successful Centres have provided Olympians with hospitality at Sydney 2000 and Salt Lake 2002.
Visa Expresses Appreciation for Olympians
Visa considers the Centre to be an expression of the company's support of Olympic athletes worldwide. It is also a way of honouring the athletes and thanking them for the many great moments in sports they have provided. “We recognised very early on that these are the people, whether they had won medals or not, who are the cherished resource of the Olympic Games, and these are the people who deserve a place at the Games,” said Tom Shepard, Executive Vice-President of Visa International. “It is a place for them to come and be honoured for what they have contributed to the Olympic Games.”
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