Giorgos Vasilakopoulos

Giorgos Vasilakopoulos is the President of the Hellenic Basketball Federation and a member of the Hellenic Olympic Committee.

He was born in 1938 in Piraeus. He comes from the broader region of Ancient Olympia (Divri-Lampeia Ileias). Along with his involvement in sport he finished his studies at the Higher School of Commerce with honors and he is the owner of a paper industry.

When he was a basketball player he was small forward and he was distinguished for his shooting accuracy, his quick thinking and reflexes and leading abilities. He played at Piraikos. He transferred to Panathinaikos in 1958 and won three championships in Greece (1961, 1962, 1967), while he was working at the same time as a coastguard. He continued as a coach in Panathinaikos, Ethnikos, Ioniko Nikaias, Ioniko Neas Filadelfeias and Panionios, while he was also a referee. For many years he was captain of Panathinaikos.

He has worked for Greek basketball and eventually became president of the FIBA Europe. He participated in Sport Recreations since its founding in 1966, when it joined FIBA. In 1970 when Basketball quitted the Sport Recreations it joined the newly founded Hellenic Basketball Federation. From 22 October 1993 until 23 April 1996 he was Secretary General of Sports in the government of Andreas Papandreou. He was also a member of the Central Committee of PASOK.
In addition Giorgos Vassilakopoulos was President of the HBF from February 1998 until November 2002. A position that he still holds today.