Hellenic Olympic Committee President Spyros Capralos was elected as the 9th President of the European Olympic Committees (EOC), beating Danish Olympic Committee President Niels Nygaard by 34 votes to 16.
The election took place during the EOC’s 50th General Assembly in Athens, attended by representatives of all 50 European National Olympic Committees (ENOCs) — 46 in person and 4 virtually.
“I have been very proud to serve the EOC as a member of the Executive Committee. To now have the opportunity to lead the Executive Committee on behalf of you, the National Olympic Committees of Europe, is a very great privilege indeed. Your support means so much to me. I am very grateful,” Capralos said. “I will be engaged, open minded, transparent, and a President for all nations.”
Capralos, who became a Member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 2019, vowed to work on behalf of all 50 ENOCs in strengthening Europe’s place in the Olympic Movement, both on and off the field of play.
“Together for the next four years, we will aim to do better and we will support our members, the National Olympic Committees, (especially the ones with the bigger needs) and the organizers of our events even more,” he said. “Through unity, trust and solidarity we can raise the EOC to the next level.”
The Coordination Commission Chair for the first two editions of the European Games (Baku 2015 and Minsk 2019), Capralos will play an integral role in the organisation of the third edition of the Games scheduled for Krakow-Malopolska in 2023, working closely with Coordination Commission Chair for the European Games 2023 Hasan Arat.
An Olympic water polo player who represented Greece at the Olympic Games Moscow 1980 and Los Angeles 1984, Capralos has been HOC President since 2009 and a Member of the EOC ExCo from November of the same year.
2021-2025 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Elections for the 2021-2025 ExCo were also held today, with Vice President Daina Gudzineviciute (LTU), Secretary General Raffaele Pagnozzi (ITA) and Treasurer Peter Mennel (AUT) all getting the nod. Joining them as Members of the ExCo are:
- Hasan Arat (TUR)
- José Manuel Araújo (POR)
- Jean-Michel Brun (FRA)
- Victoria Cabezas (ESP)
- Mihai Covaliu (ROU)
- Líney Rut Halldorsdóttir (ISL)
- Berit Kjoll (NOR)
- Zlatko Matesa (CRO)
- Annamarie Phelps (GBR)
- Uschi Schmitz (GER)
- Cristina Vasilianov (MDA)
- Djordje Visacki (SRB)