10 Feb 2023

European Olympic Committees to donate 250,000 euros to support Olympic community, refugees and displaced people in areas affected by earthquake in Türkiye

Categories: ENOCs · EOC

The European Olympic Committees (EOC) confirmed today that it will donate a total of € 250,000 to help assist those affected by the devasting earthquakes in Türkiye.

In agreement with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the EOC has decided to donate money from the special activities fund to the Turkish Olympic Committee (TOC), to help the Olympic community and local population in the areas affected by the natural disaster.

EOC President Spyros Capralos said: “We have all been shocked and saddened by the devastating earthquakes witnessed in Türkiye and Syria last Monday. We offered to help our friends at the Turkish Olympic Committee in any way possible. That’s why we decided to transfer money from our special activities fund to help assist those in the sporting world and beyond affected by the disaster.”

“We have also been in constant contact with TOC Vice President and EOC Executive Committee Member Hasan Arat and reassured him that the EOC is ready to support TOC to face this crisis. Our thoughts remain with everybody impacted by the earthquakes and I send my condolences, on behalf of the EOC and the whole Olympic movement of Europe, to those who have lost loved ones.”

EOC Secretary General Raffaele Pagnozzi said: “We have been identifying the best ways to help our friends and colleagues at the Turkish Olympic Committee since news of the disaster in the country broke.

“It was a unanimous decision of the EOC Executive Committee to send them € 250,000 from the special activities fund as we try to put every possible effort to assist Turkish people.

“This will not be the end of our help and we remain in constant dialogue with the TOC over all the ways in which the EOC can assist individuals, clubs and national federations affected by the earthquakes.”

“The thoughts of everyone at the EOC remains with the people of Türkiye and Syria. We send our condolences to those who have lost loved ones and we pray that those sadly injured in the earthquakes make a full and swift recovery.”