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ADDRESS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE HELLENIOC OLYMPIC COMMITTEE

SPYROS CAPRALOS

SPONSORS AWARD CEREMONY

ADOPT AN ATHLETE ON THE WAY TO RIO

 

Last January, the Award Ceremony of the top athletes for the year 2013, in this room, I had made a statement that the Hellenic Olympic Committee would do whatever possible, in order to keep up supporting the efforts by the Greek athletes on their way to qualification for the Olympic Games of Rio in 2016.

The crisis that has afflicted our country has had major consequences on Greek sport too. In the old good times, the Sate allocated substantial amounts of money for sport.  The federations received considerable funding from the state and the Hellenic Olympic Committee for the preparation of their top athletes for the Olympic Games.  Big companies also supported this aim with important sums of money. But this era is just gone. The state funding for Sport has been cut down dramatically and keeps up doing so. The Hellenic Olympic Committee’s state budget has been reduced by more than 50%, now amounting to less than the money needed to cover for the staff’s salaries.   The special state funding for the preparation of elite athletes was for the last time allocated by the state in 2009.

All this difficult situation of Greek Sport has been a deep concern for all of us and we have looked for solutions. In this gloomy scenery, the effort to attract sponsorships from the private sector was the only way forward.  Especially now, that we have covered more than half way to the Olympic Games of Rio de Janeiro and the countdown has officially begun.

As a result, we could not stay restful.

To begin with, we compiled a portfolio, intended for individuals and companies, with personal data of the athletes, information on their sports career and distinctions as well as a budget for their preparation from 2014 to the Olympic Games of Rio in 2016. This portfolio is an introduction to the athletes’ profile and needs, so that the potential sponsors are able to make a selection according to their personal criteria.

Then, we adopted a “door-to door” approach, one might say, we took advantage of every single opportunity to raise the awareness of people who both wanted and were in a position to provide assistance.  At this point, I have to mention the precious assistance provided by Mrs Nicoletta Panagiotopoulou, Member of the HOC Marketing Commission and dear friend of mine, who embraced this initiative with a lot of enthusiasm, and thanks to her love for sport, her contribution to the success of this program has been a very substantial one.

Today, we are very happy and proud, to announce the results of the program “Adopt an Athlete on the Way to Rio 2016”, which was inspired some months ago and demanded great strenuous efforts for its implementation.

Twenty-eight businesses, banks and individuals, support  55 athletes and provide funding for their preparation, in direct contact with them and with no intervention whatsoever by third parties. 

I would like to warmly thank all of you, the sponsors, participating in the program “Adopt an Athlete on the Way to Rio 2016”. Our times are hard for both businesses and for us personally. I am also aware of the fact that most of you provide support in many other cases, beyond Sport. I am happy because, thanks to your assistance, our Country, which gave birth to the Olympic Games will be able to be represented by many athletes in Rio.  I believe that our athletes will gain distinctions and their achievements will make all Greeks fell happy and proud! I am also sure that the funding that will be provided, that you will provide for the better preparation of our athletes, will pay off.

Your offer is not only an important offer for Greek sport. It is an important offer for Greece now that, more than ever, is in need of celebrating achievements and presenting a positive image to the whole world.

It is also a powerful message that the sports youth of our country must not be abandoned, as it keeps holding up the Greek flag, with important achievements and distinctions at top international contests.

And you, our top athletes, I am sure that you will now feel differently.  Not only because the funding for your preparation will be improved, but mostly because you will have with you all those people who support you financially. I know that love and interest is something needed by all athletes.

Your problems, however, cannot be solved by this generous offer. Everyone will have to support you.  The State, to solve your problems, the Federations, to stand by you and your coaches, but also your home, your parents, your friends.   The final effort, though, is always yours.

Ladies and gentlemen,

I want to believe that tonight’s event is only a beginning. After this remarkable response by the sponsors, your remarkable response, there will be others who will embrace our children’s efforts and participate in the Program.  More friends who have been informed of the Program have already come into contact with me to provide assistance.

For once more, I thank all of you participating in the Program “Adopt an Athlete on the Way to Rio 2016”. I would like you to know that we must feel proud because today, thanks to you, history is being made for Greek sport!

 

SPYROS I. CAPRALOS


HELLENIC OLYMPIC COMMITTEE
PRESIDENT

 

 

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