The 87 medals won by Greek athletes at top worldwide sport events during 2017, manifest that Greek sport maintains a satisfactory level, despite a number of challenges brought on by the financial crisis and cutbacks. The newly-elected Board of the Hellenic Olympic Committee and I personally are determined to take every effort to assist the sports youth of our country.
We are going to stand by them against every challenge they face, all the more intensively while approaching the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. It is worth mentioning that in the course of the New Year, 2018, we already have the first pre-Olympic tournaments leading to qualification for the Games. Within the Hellenic Olympic Committee, we have already launched the program “Adopt An Athlete on the Way to Tokyo”.
It is a program aimed at supporting as many athletes as possible, in view of the Tokyo Olympic Games, and needs to be reinforced in every possible way. Moreover, I wish to thank my colleagues within the Hellenic Olympic Committee for electing me as HOC President for a third four-year term. It is an honour indeed and a recognition at the same time, which bring me before even bigger responsibilities for the future, while also giving me more strength to keep up the hard work for the athlete’s benefit.
We all need to work hard, leaving behind unpleasant moments, and maintain the best possible image for Greece and its athletes, like in the recent Ceremonies of the Olympic Flame for the Winter Olympic Games “PyeongChang 2018”, which were highly commended by the sport and Olympic family, as well as by the IOC President himself. It is our duty to always showcase the most radiant and proud image of Greece!
Spyros Ι. Capralos
President of Hellenic Olympic Committee