Hellenic Olympic Committee

The Hellenic Olympic Committee (HOC) (Greek: Ελληνική Ολυμπιακή Επιτροπή) is the governing Olympic body of Greece. It is the second oldest National Olympic Committee in the world (after the French Olympic Committee), it organizes the country's representatives at the Olympic Games and other multi-sport events.

Hellenic Olympic Committee
Hellenic Olympic Committee logo
Country/Region Greece
Created3 February 1894
HeadquartersChalandri, Greece
PresidentSpyros Capralos
Secretary GeneralEmmanuel Kolympadis
Hellenic Olympic Committee headquarters, in Chalandri

Members of the committee are 27 sports federations, which elect the Executive Council composed of the president and six members.

It is based in Chalandri, a suburb of the Athens agglomeration, Greece.

History edit

The history of the Hellenic Olympic Committee is strongly connected to the history of the revival of the Olympic Games. It was founded in Athens on February 3, 1894, with the name Committee of the Olympic Games (Greek: Επιτροπής Ολυμπιακών Αγώνων, E.O.A.) and became a member of the International Olympic Committee in 1895. E.O.A organized 1896 Summer Olympics, first in modern history, in restored Panathenaic Stadium, who was held from 6 to 15 April.[1]

In 1899, the Greek government gave to E.O.A. full responsibility to cooperate with other sport federations, spreads the Olympic spirit and its structure of the 12 members, led by the president.

When Athens was chosen as the host city of the 2004 Summer Olympics during the 106th IOC Session held in Lausanne on 5 September 1997, in 2000 the E.O.A. changed its name to the Hellenic Olympic Committee.

From the I Mediterranean Games in Alexandria in 1951, Hellenic Olympic Committee is responsible for their holding every four years as part of preparations for the Olympic Games.

The HOC organises the lighting ceremony of the Olympic flame in Ancient Olympia for ceremonies of the Summer and Winter Olympic Games, as well as the Olympic torch relay over Greece, before the Flame continues its journey in the host country of the Olympic Games.

List of presidents edit

President Term
Crown Prince Constantine 1894–1912
King Constantine I 1913
Crown Prince George 1914–1917
Miltiadis Negrepontis 1918–1920
Crown Prince George 1921–1922
King George II 1922–1923
George Averoff 1924–1930
Ioannis Drosopoulos 1930–1936
Crown Prince Paul 1936–1948
King Paul 1948–1952
Konstantinos Georgakopoulos
Ioannis Ketseas
Crown Prince Constantine 1955–1964
Princess Irene 1965–1968
Theodosios Papathanasiadis 1969–1973
Spyridon Vellianitis 1973–1974
Apostolos Nikolaidis 1974–1976
Georgios Athanasiadis 1976–1983
Aggelos Lempesis 1983–1984
Lambis Nikolaou 1985–1992
Antonios Tzikas 1993–1996
Lambis Nikolaou 1997–2004
Minos Kyriakou 2004–2009
Spyros Capralos 2009–present

IOC Members edit

Member Term
Demetrius Vikelas 1894–1899
Alexandros Merkatis 1899–1925
George Averoff 1926–1930
Nikolaos Politis 1930–1933
Aggelos Volanakis 1933–1963
Ioannis Ketseas 1946–1965
Constantine II of Greece 1963–1974
Pyrros Lappas 1965–1980
Epaminondas Petralias 1975–1977
Nikolaos Nisiotis 1978–1986
Nikos Filaretos 1981–2005
Lambis Nikolaou 1986–2015
Spyros Capralos 2019–present

Executive committee edit

The committee of the HOC is represented by:[2]

  • President: Spyros Capralos
  • Members: Stelios Aggeloudis, Manolis Kolympadis, Antonis Nikolopoulos, Voula Kozompoli

Member federations edit

The Hellenic National Federations are the organizations that coordinate all aspects of their individual sports. They are responsible for training, competition and development of their sports. There are currently 26 Olympic Summer and one Winter Sport Federations in Greece.[3]

National Federation Summer or Winter Headquarters
Hellenic Archery Federation Summer Athens
Hellenic Athletics Federation Summer Nea Smyrni, Athens
Hellenic Badminton Federation Summer OAKA, Athens
Hellenic Basketball Federation Summer OAKA, Athens
Hellenic Boxing Federation Summer Athens
Hellenic Canoe-Kayak Federation Summer Piraeus, Athens
Hellenic Cycling Federation Summer OAKA, Athens
Hellenic Equestrian Federation Summer Markopoulo Mesogaias
Hellenic Fencing Federation Summer Athens
Hellenic Football Federation Summer Athens
Hellenic Golf Federation Summer Glyfada, Athens
Hellenic Gymnastics Federation Summer OAKA, Athens
Hellenic Handball Federation Summer Athens
Hellenic Judo Federation Summer Ano Liosia, Athens
Hellenic Karate Federation Summer Ano Liosia, Athens
Hellenic Modern Pentathlon Federation Summer Athens
Hellenic Federation of Mountaineering and Climbing Summer Athens
Hellenic Rowing Federation Summer Piraeus, Athens
Hellenic Sailing Federation Summer Kallithea, Athens
Hellenic Shooting Federation Summer Athens
Hellenic Swimming Federation Summer Nea Smyrni, Athens
Hellenic Table Tennis Federation Summer Athens
Hellenic Taekwondo Federation Summer Athens
Hellenic Volleyball Federation Summer Amaroussion, Athens
Hellenic Weightlifting Federation Summer OAKA, Athens
Hellenic Winter Sports Federation Winter Athens
Hellenic Wrestling Federation Summer Ano Liosia, Athens

Objects of the HOC edit

The Hellenic Olympic Committee operates a number of sports facilities: Panathenaic Stadium, Karaiskakis Stadium, Athens Olympic Aquatic Centre, the education facilities of the International Olympic Academy, Museum of Modern Olympic Games in Ancient Olympia; and participates in the management of OAKA.[4]

See also edit

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