It is highly important that after 3,5 years there is a representative of the International Olympic Committee in Greece. It is highly important for Greek sport and for me, as I have committed myself in sport from my childhood till today. The messages I received from Greek athletes after my election as IOC Member were numerous and particularly warm, a fact that gives me the greatest joy and strength to go on for the sake of Greek sport and for our athletes.
I realise the weight of the responsibility, as I am the man representing the IOC, not in any country but in Greece, the birthplace of the Olympic Games.Therefore I shall do my best to defend the Olympic ideals and continue to support the Greek sport.
Moreover, it is of great importance that in 2021 Greece will stage the International Olympic Committee’s Session where the next IOC President will be elected. It is a significant event of global outreach not only for Athens but also for our country.
Lastly, I would like to thank all those who, throughout my sporting career, stood by my side and supported me in every way. We shall all work together for the benefit of Greek sport.
Hellenic Olympic Committee President