Capralos elected European Olympic Committee's President

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© APA | Spyros Capralos

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10 June 2021

Greece's Spyros Capralos has been elected President of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) after seeing off acting head Niels Nygaard in the vote at the organisation's in-person General Assembly in Athens.

Capralos, President of the Hellenic Olympic Committee (HOC) and a member of the International Olympic Committee, received 34 votes, with his Danish rival Nygaard earning 16.

The Greek official is the ninth President of the EOC and succeeds Nygaard, who had held the position in an acting capacity since the death of Janez Kocijančič last June.

"What an honour, thank you so much for your confidence," said Capralos.

"Through unity, trust and solidarity, we can raise the EOC to the next level."

Capralos admitted there would be "many challenges" during his first four-year term and called for "solidarity" from the EOC's members.

"We have to remain united and bring solidarity with our members so we can assist more countries in need," he said.

"There are many challenges ahead, such as the European sport model, and we need to work on the recovery after the pandemic.

"Integrity, better governance and transparency - this is what we intend to do.

"We also need to find sustainable solutions for the future to ensure lasting success for our events."

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