02 Oct 2022

42nd EOC Seminar wraps up in Greece

Categories: EOC

The 42nd EOC Seminar came to a close today at the International Olympic Academy in Olympia, Greece with productive sessions on Marketing & Communication and the EOC’s Sports Programme.

The day began with a presentation by the Chair of the Coordination Commission for the European Games Krakow and Malopolska 2023, EOC Executive Committee member Hasan Arat. Arat described the initial challenges and opportunities the Organising Committee faced in preparation for the Games.

“We had difficult times but we never lost our trust. My Polish colleagues, it has been a pleasure to work with you so far, and together, we will build a great European Games,” Mr. Arat said in his closing comments.

President of the Polish Olympic Committee Andrzej Kraśnicki and the President of the Organising Committee Marcin Nowak provided an update on the progress being made on the sports facilities, athletes’ accommodation and operations. Mr Nowak confirmed that the majority of sports would have an equal number of men and women participating. Additionally, President Kraśnicki noted that this edition of the European Games would have the most Olympic Games qualifying events in the competition’s history.

A highlight of the second day of the Seminar involved the announcement of the ten winners of the Laurels Awards for their exceptional contributions to sport and the Olympic Movement of Europe. They included the President of the Albanian Olympic Committee, Fidel Ylli; Secretary General of the Bulgarian Olympic Committee, Belcho Goranov; Croatian Olympic Committee member, Zvjezdana Tuma-Pavlov; former Vice-President of the Czechia Olympic Committee, Frantisek Dvorak; former Danish National Olympic Committee President, former EOC Acting President and former EOC Vice-President, Niels Nygaard; former Chairman of the British Olympic Association and Honorary IOC Member, Sir Craig Reedie; former Vice-President of the Hellenic Olympic Committee and President of the National Shooting Federation, Pavlos Kanellakis; former President of the Republic of Hungary, former President of the Hungarian Olympic Committee and Honorary IOC Member, Pal Schmitt; President of the Latvian Luge Federation, Atis Strenga and former board member of the Ukrainian Olympic Committee Mr. Viktor Khrystoiev.

A discussion on Marketing, Communications and social media followed with a panel featuring representatives from Team Great Britain, together with the Portuguese and Slovenian NOCs, where they shared innovative approaches to marketing. The social media panel focused on methods to engage with the youngest generation and strategies specifically targeted to small NOCs. Secretary General of the National Olympic Committee of Slovakia, Josef Liba, described to delegates how organising the EYOF Banska Bystrica 2022 impacted the NOCs social media performances in an absorbing presentation.

Chair of the Organising Committee for EYOF Banska Bystrica 2022 Peter Hamaj shared the final report on the success of the event and explained the plans to leave a legacy for the school children in the community. He highlighted the gender equality amongst the young athletes who participated at the event, which was almost equal, and explained the integral role that the 1,032 volunteers played in ensuring that the competition could operate at a high standard.

The 16th Winter EYOF will be held in Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy. Presentations on preparations for the event were delivered by the General Director of the Organising Committee Giorgio Kaidisch and the Chair of the Coordination Commission Borut Kolic.

Reports were then given on the 17th Summer EYOF in Maribor by the Director of the Organising Committee Natasa Ritonija and the Chair of the Coordination Commission Guro Lium.

In conclusion, EOC President Spyros Capralos thanked all the delegates and panellists for their participation in the Seminar before providing his insights on the discussions.

“I want to thank all the delegates that have participated over these last two days. Cooperation and communication are the best methods to lift each other up and safeguard the future of European sport. We are here in Ancient Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Truce. Now, more than ever, we must ensure that these sacred values are respected, protected and prioritised not only in our sporting activities, but in all aspects of life on our continent. The European Olympic Committees must continue to work together and we need to be united for the sake of our athletes and young athletes, who dream of competing in a peaceful environment,” he said.

You can read about the highlights from Day 1 here.