After two difficult years, sport has finally returned to normality, sending a resounding message of strength and solidarity around the world and giving us the thrills and spectacle that the pandemic has deprived us of.
At the start of 2022, Beijing made history as the first city to host both the Summer and Winter Olympics. Of course, Greece was present at the 24th edition of the Winter Olympic Games "Beijing 2022", continuing the uninterrupted presence of our country at the Winter Olympic Games.
the year 2022 was an exciting year for Greek sports, as we witnessed the great moments that our athletes gave us in the most important sporting events, both at world and European level, with a harvest of 62 medals!
The Hellenic Olympic Committee continues to provide its athletes with the appropriate supplies to confidently face the challenges of modern reality. For the first time, we are giving scholarships to those sportsmen and women who won medals in the World and European Championships as well as in the Mediterranean Games, while the "Adopt an Athlete on the Road to Paris" program continues successfully. We are working towards a more sustainable future for Sport. We take action on issues such as gender equality, the professional rehabilitation of Top level athletes, the integration of refugees and the dissemination of Olympic education.
As we take stock of the wonderful sporting year that has just passed, we look with excitement to 2023. The coming year is expected to be rich in sporting events. The calendar includes the 3rd Edition of the European Games in Kraków-Małopolska where several qualifications for Paris will be determined, two EYOFs in Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy and Maribor, Slovenia, the Mediterranean Beach Games in Crete and the ANOC World Beach Games in Bali Indonesia.
Finally, we are now actively entering the road to Paris 2024 with many expectations and dreams for a brilliant participation in the 33rd Summer Olympic Games. The Games that are returning to Europe and that the whole planet is eagerly awaiting!
Spyros I. Capralos
President, Hellenic Olympic Committee
President, European Olympic Committees