Estonian Olympic Committee

The Estonian Olympic Committee (Estonian: Eesti Olümpiakomitee) (EOK) is responsible for the Estonia's participation in the Olympic Games.

Estonian Olympic Committee
Estonian Olympic Committee logo
Country/Region Estonia
Created8 December 1923
Recognized1924 (restored: 18 September 1991)
HeadquartersTallinn, Estonia
PresidentUrmas Sõõrumaa
Secretary GeneralSiim Sukles
Flag of Estonian Olympic Committee


The Estonian Sports Federation (Estonian: Eesti Spordi Liit) decided to form the Estonian Olympic Committee in the First Estonian Sport Congress (Estonian: Eesti I Spordikongress) on 30 November 1919, one and a half years after the proclamation of the independence of Estonia, but it was officially founded on 8 December 1923. The first chairman of the committee dr. Karl Friedrich Akel, was elected on 5 May 1924. An independent Estonian team took part in the Olympic Games over the period of 1920–1936. As Estonia was invaded and occupied in 1940, and reoccupied by the Soviet Union in 1944, the Estonian Olympic athletes competed as part of the USSR delegations at the Olympic Games from 1952 until 1988.

The NOC was renewed on 14 January 1989 when the Estonian Olympic Sports Conference passed the following resolution: "to resume the activity of the Estonian Olympic Committee founded in 1923". The continuity concept became the foundation of the activity of the restored Estonian Olympic Committee since, although it could not act 'de facto' for 50 years, it never ceased its activity 'de jure'. On the same day, the first members of the renewed NOC were elected, Arnold Green and Atko Viru. On 20 August 1991 the independence of the Republic of Estonia was proclaimed and by decision of the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee, at the board session in Berlin on 18 September 1991, the EOK was reintegrated into the Olympic Movement on 11 November 1991.[1]

In 1992 the IOC delegation led by president Juan Antonio Samaranch visited Estonia. Delegation members included Vice President of the IOC and Russian Olympic Committee president – Vitali Smirnov, IOC and Swedish Olympic Committee member – Gunnar Ericsson, President of the EOCJacques Rogge and Secretary General of the EOC and Italian National Olympic CommitteeMario Pescante.[2]

The 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France was the first time since 1936 that the nation had competed as an independent nation at the Olympic Games. In the Games between, the Estonian athletes competed under the flag of the Soviet Union.



Updated 15 April 2016. Members of the Estonian Olympic Committee are:

  • 102 legal persons under private law:
    • 66 National Sports Federations
    • 19 Regional Sports Associations
    • 17 All-Estonian Sports Associations
  • 19 natural persons:

Mati Alaver, (EOK member since 1999) Jüri Jaanson Gerd Kanter Tõnu Laak, (1989) Andres Lipstok, (1994) Erki Nool Neinar Seli Tiit Nuudi, (1992) Gunnar Paal (:et), (1989) Indrek Pertelson, (2000) Cardo Remmel, (1999) Erika Salumäe, (1997) Mart Siimann, (1999) Kristina Šmigun Jaan Talts, (1989) Mart Tarmak, (1989) Toomas Tõnise, (1992) Jaak Uudmäe, (1989) Andrus Veerpalu, (2000)

Former natural members

Current NOC leadershipEdit

Updated 15 April 2016.

Vice President
Secretary General
Executive Committee [3]

17 members incl. EOK President, 2 Vice Presidents and Secretary General.

List of presidentsEdit

IOC membersEdit

Honorary membersEdit

Former honorary members[5]
Other notable members[6]

Juhan Aare 1992–1997, Are Eller 1992–1993, Peeter Mardna 1992–2001, Mati Mark 1992–2001, Even Tudeberg 2000–2001, Ants Veetõusme 1992–2001, Priit Vilba 1994–2000, Atko Viru 1989–2007

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Slutsk, Aado (1992). Albertville ja nüüd Barcelona (in Estonian). Tallinn: Eesti Olümpiainfo. pp. 11–12.
  2. ^ Slutsk, Aado (1992). Albertville ja nüüd Barcelona (in Estonian). Tallinn: Eesti Olümpiainfo. p. 19.
  3. ^ "EOK Executive Committee". Archived from the original on 11 June 2008. Retrieved 10 June 2008.
  4. ^ "EOK honorary members". Archived from the original on 11 June 2008. Retrieved 10 June 2008.
  5. ^ "EOK members as october 1996". Archived from the original on 29 June 2007. Retrieved 10 June 2008.
  6. ^ "EOK members since 1989". Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2008.

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