Hellenic Olympic Committee
Hellenic Olympic Committee logo
|Created||February 3, 1894|
|Secretary General||Emmanuel Kolympadis|
Hellenic Olympic Committee (HOC) (Greek: Ελληνική Ολυμπιακή Επιτροπή) is the governing Olympic body of Greece. It is one of the oldest National Olympic Committees in the world, being founded in 1894 and recognised in 1895.
The HOC was founded in Athens on 3 February 1894 on the name Commiittee of the Olympic Games (E.O.A.) with first chairman Crown Prince Constantine of Greece. On the same day, the committee held first meeting to organize the first modern Olympic Games. After the dissolution of this committee because of economic crisis in the country, new board was formed who has successfully founded sponsors for preparatory commission of the Games. Finally, after many problems, the Games were opened on 6 April and closed on 15 April 1896 in the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens. which was restored in white marble thanks to the donation of one million drachmas from George Averoff.
One year later after the Games has formed first permanent committee on the proposal of king George II to held every 4 year Panhellenic Games in Athens. 1899. because of debate who is chairman in sports events, government gave to E.O.A. full responsibility to cooperate with other sport's federations, spread Olympic spirit and his structure of 12 members led by successor.
In 2000, for organisation 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, the E.O.A. changed its name to the Hellenic Olympic Committee.
List of presidents
|1922-1923||King George II|
|1953-1954||Konstantinos Georgakopoulos and Ioannis Ketseas|
|1985-1988 and 1989-1992||Lambis Nikolaou|
|1997-2000 and 2001-2004||Lambis Nikolaou|
Greeks in the International Olympic Committee
- Demetrius Vikelas (1894-1899), who was the first IOC President (1894-1896)
- Alexandros Merkatis (1899-1925)
- George Averoff (1926-1930)
- Nikolaos Politis (1930-1933)
- Aggelos Volanakis (1933-1963)
- Ioannis Ketseas (1946-1965)
- ex-King Constantine (1963-1974)
- Pyrros Lapas (1965-1980)
- Epaminondas Petralias (1975-1977)
- Nikolaos Nisiotis (1978-1986)
- Nikos Filaretos (1981-2005)
- Lambis Nikoalou (1986–present), who was the IOC Vice President until 2009.
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 24 Olympic Summer and 1 Winter Sport Federations in Greece.