Estonian Olympic Committee

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Estonian Olympic Committee
Estonian Olympic Committee logo
Estonian Olympic Committee logo
National Olympic Committee
Country/Region  Estonia
Code EST
Created 8 December 1923
Recognized 1924 (restored: 18 September 1991)
Continental
Association
EOC
Headquarters Tallinn, Estonia
President Mart Siimann
Secretary General Toomas Tõnise
Website http://www.eok.ee
Flag of Estonian Olympic Committee

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

History[edit]

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 1920–36. After the nation was invaded by the Soviet Union in 1940, Estonian athletes competed at the Olympic Games as part of the USSR delegations.

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 IOC 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.

On 11 November 2004, Mart Siimann and Toomas Tõnise were re-elected respectively President and Secretary General of the Estonian Olympic Committee.

On 10 November 2008, Mart Siimann and Toomas Tõnise were re-elected respectively President and Secretary General of the Estonian Olympic Committee and Toomas Savi and Neinar Seli, Vice Presidents for next 4 years.

Structure[edit]

Members

As of 5 May 2008. Members of the Estonian Olympic Committee are:

  • 97 legal persons under private law:
    • 64 National Sports Federations
    • 19 Regional Sports Associations
    • 14 All-Estonian Sports Associations
  • 24 natural persons:

1. Mati Alaver, (EOK member since 1999) 2. Rein Haljand, (1989) 3. Jüri Jaanson 4. Eri Klas, (1989) 5. Sven Kolga, (1992) 6. Tõnu Laak, (1989) 7. Ants Laos, (1989) 8. Andres Lipstok, (1994) 9. Tõnu Lume, (1992) 10. Erki Nool 11. Tiit Nuudi, (1992) 12. Gunnar Paal, (1989) 13. Indrek Pertelson, (2000) 14. Cardo Remmel, (1999) 15. Erika Salumäe, (1997) 16. Toomas Savi, (1989) 17. Mart Siimann, (1999) 18. Kristina Šmigun 19. Jüri Tamm, (2000) 20. Jaan Talts, (1989) 21. Mart Tarmak, (1989) 22. Toomas Tõnise, (1992) 23. Jaak Uudmäe, (1989) 24. Andrus Veerpalu, (2000)

Former natural members

Current NOC Leadership[edit]

As of 22 January 2009.

President
Vice President
Secretary General
Executive Committee [3]

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

List of Presidents[edit]

IOC members[edit]

Honorary members[edit]

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

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

Former Executive Committee members

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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
  4. ^ EOK honorary members
  5. ^ EOK members as october 1996
  6. ^ EOK members since 1989

External links[edit]