2021 was a difficult year, not only for our country but for entire humanity. The development of the pandemic has tested us all, at every single level, with many human lives being lost, causing grief and sorrow to us all.
However, in this gloomy setting, sport has sent a lot of optimistic messages and, above all, has led us to believe that people will win this great battle.
The organization of the highly successful Tokyo Olympic Games was the triumph of life over the Covid 19 pandemic, and at the same time, the greatest proof that the Olympic Games are not a just a sport event, but the ultimate event for humanity.
Greece had the pleasure to celebrate four medals, the two gold with Miltos Tentoglou and Stefanos Ntouskos, a silver with the National Men's water polo team and a bronze with Lefteris Petrounias. However, those were not the only distinctions that underlined the great performance of our country in Tokyo, but also the positioning of 14 athletes in 4th to 8th rank, despite the obstacles that the pandemic created during the preparation of our athletes.
Therefore, we need to congratulate all the members of the Greek delegation, but also all the coaches and team members who worked with enthusiasm, passion, and reliability to achieve this excellent result.
Greece also had a leading role in the world sports and Olympic movement over the last year, with the excellent organization of the General Assembly of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) in Crete, but also the organization of the General Assembly of the European Olympic Committees in Athens, where I had the honor to be elected President, with our country acquiring a voice at the highest level of the Olympic family.
For both events, the Hellenic Olympic Committee received warm congratulations from all participants, while the same happened for the Lighting and Handover Ceremonies of the Olympic Flame for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games, but also for the launch of the new lighting of the Panathenaic Stadium. The IOC President Thomas Bach attended allabove mentioned events.
The HOC Plenary Session elected during last September's elections is renewed and has already started working with the Paris 2024 Olympic Games as a goal, where I am sure that our country will shine again.
Spyros I. Capralos
President, Hellenic Olympic Committee
President, European Olympic Committees