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

Hellenic Olympic Committee
Hellenic Olympic Committee logo
Hellenic Olympic Committee logo
Country/Region Greece
CreatedFebruary 3, 1894
HeadquartersAthens, 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 Athens, Greece.



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, 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 around the world.

List of presidentsEdit

IOC MembersEdit

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

Executive committeeEdit

The committee of the HOC is represented by:

Member federationsEdit

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.

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 HOCEdit

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.

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