07 Oct 2022


Categories: EOC

Dear colleagues,

Dear friends,

As we reflect on a wonderful summer of sport, we have much to take on in 2023, a busy calendar for the European National Olympic Committees (ENOCs). The calendar features two EYOFs in Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy and Maribor, Slovenia, the Games of the Small States of Europe in Malta and excitingly, the 3rd Edition of the European Games in Krakow-Malopolska.

It was a fruitful gathering in Olympia, Greece, for the 42nd EOC Seminar. Olympia holds a special place in my heart, being in the magical of surroundings of this venue, brings to the forefront the historical importance, but is also a good reminder to all, of what we are aiming to achieve through the European Olympic Movement.

With the Seminar taking place during the European Week of Sport, it provided an additional opportunity for us to celebrate this worthy initiative. Throughout Europe, hundreds of initiatives took place to encourage activity, with a particular focus on youth. I was delighted that our own ExCo embraced the opportunity to get involved, taking part in a relay within the Ancient Olympic Stadium in Olympia.

I trust you enjoyed the new format of the Seminar, where we had some very interesting panel discussions on topics that will shape the future of our movement. I do hope you found these sessions as interesting as I did, and you are all able to take learnings back to your countries.

At the end of the first day of the Seminar, we had the opportunity to congratulate the future stars of European sport. Five outstanding young athletes were nominated for the 11th Piotr Nurowski Best European Young Athlete Prize. The exceptional Angelina Topic from Serbia took the top prize in a close vote and I’m sure you are as excited as I am to watch these talented athletes progress their careers.

The European Games are now just over eight months away. We held a significant moment in Olympia with the Flag Handover Ceremony. Although we must acknowledge there is still much to do in the planning of the Games, there is also a great deal of optimism and excitement. With the recent signing of the two Games deal with the European Broadcast Union (EBU) the Games will be broadcasted, for free, across the whole of Europe. The platform and exposure this gives to the Games represents a major boost and goes a long way to ensuring the long-term success of the Games.

In mid-October, the 1st Krakow Malopolska 2023 Coordination Commission (CoCom) meeting will be held in Poland. I very much look forward to hearing directly from the Organising Committee, visiting the venues, and engaging with our highly experienced CoCom team. Shortly after this meeting the sport programme will be finalised, and important information will be distributed to the ENOCs.

I’m sure you will agree that we have had an exciting couple of months and have much more to look forward to. Onwards and upwards!

With best EurOlympic greetings,

Spyros Capralos