Spyros Capralos re-elected to what he says will be his final four year term as Greek NOC president

The IOC member and EOC president believes it’s time for a younger candidate to step forward and lead the way from 2025.

Greece National Olympic Committee president Spyros Capralos with Greece's long jump gold medalist Miltos Tentoglou in Tokyo (Greece NOC)
Greece National Olympic Committee president Spyros Capralos with Greece's long jump gold medalist Miltos Tentoglou in Tokyo (Greece NOC)

Spyros Capralos wins re-election for a fourth term as president of the Hellenic Olympic Committee but says it will be his last.

Capralos, 66, is also an IOC member and earlier this year was elected as president of the European Olympic Committees.

Capralos, the only candidate in the HOC presidential election, garnered 28 votes out of a total of 29, including one void.

After his win, he told the HOC members that he was done after this four-year term ends in 2025.

“Αlthough, according to our statutes, I am allowed to run for President again in the future, I do not intend to use this right,” he said.

“I want to hope that one young member of ours from this room, will be the next President as he/she should be someone with an eight-year horizon in front of him/her. All you young people, see it as a race where you start from the same starting line.”

Capralos, who has been HOC president since 2009, also described what he thinks are the attributes for someone who would succeed him as HOC president.

“In this race you will have to show work and achievements in the HOC, with a spirit of cooperation and solidarity with the colleagues and the staff of the HOC. The new candidate must have an international profile as befits Greece. Our country has a leading role in the Olympic Movement, as we are increasingly at the center of international interest. Besides, in 2025 the next President of the IOC will be elected in Greece.”

Serving alongside Capralos will be Stelios Aggeloudis and Stefanos Chandakas, who were elected as HOC vice-presidents. Manolis Kolympadis will again serve as secretary general and Antonis Nikolopoulos will be treasurer for one more term.

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