Press Conference of the 3rd World Company Sport Games 2021
The World Company Sports Games will be held in Athens from October 6th to 10th!
The 3rd World Company Sports Games, the third largest multi-sport event that is hosted in Greece after the 2004 Olympic Games and the 2011 Special Olympics, will be held in Athens from October 6th to 10th. It is considered a leading, worldwide event in which more than 4,000 athletes from 35 countries are expected to take part. The Games will be held with a specially designed health protocol.
"For the 3rd World Company Sports Games there is significant support from state actors and sponsors. We will make a brilliant event. We are overwhelmed by the faith and the will of foreigners to come to Greece. Although they could have canceled their participation they did not. There will be matches in 28 matches. At the same time, on October 9 (Saturday) the "Athens Company Run" will take place, which will include 5 and 10 km races, sponsored by The Mall Athens", stated the President of the Organizing Committee Spyros Karavoulis, during the official press conference.
The Deputy Minister of Sports Lefteris Avgenakis spoke about the importance of the World Company Sports Games and their multifaceted positive effects: "This is an important international event. Through this event, the cultural heritage of Greece will be highlighted and sports tourism will be strengthened. From an institutional point of view, we took care for the smooth preparation of the Games, with the appropriate legislative interventions. Company sport is an integral part of the country's sport and highlights the face of lifelong sport and socialization."
Τhe Region of Attica is the official Co-organizer of the World Company Sport Games. "The event is an honor for the Region of Attica and a bet that we can organize the best games in participations and services, always with work, will and perseverance, promoting Greece. We have made the appropriate preparations to welcome the foreign athletes in 50 hotel units ", stressed the Governor of Attica Region, George Patoulis.
George Mavrotas expressed his support, both as General Secretary of Sports and as an Olympic athlete: “Sports is a way of life and a lifelong activity. This event serves exactly that: sports, health, wellness ", underlined George Mavrotas and promised to take part in the Games.
The spectacular Opening Ceremony will take place at the Panathenaic Stadium. The Olympic Athletic Center of Athens "Spiros Louis" and the stadium "Peace and Friendship" will be the main venues for the majority of sports. In total, the Games will be hosted in 12 sports facilities in Attica.
OAKA welcomes the 3rd World Company Sports Games, an event that shows the return of big events in Greece. OAKA is changing and we are taking advantage of all the obvious projects that had not been carried out for years. Athletes will have the opportunity to compete in its state-of-the-art facilities. As Odysseas Elytis has written, "Jump faster than corrosion", stressed Konstantinos Halioris, General Manager of OAKA.
The president of the "Peace and Friendship" stadium, Christina Tsiligiri, who embraced the big project from the first moment, stated: "We are happy to welcome the event. Company sports represent our ideals for mass sports. Sports tourism is a milestone for Greece that wants such far-reaching events. The SEF immediately agreed on these Games and we are open to events and co-events ".
The World Company Sports Games were originally scheduled to take place in Athens from June 17th to 21st, 2020. The effects of the Covid19 pandemic caused the dates to change. The Organizing Committee of the Games, with the approval of the Health Committee of the General Secretary of Sports, published a health protocol. The Health Protocol clearly describes the procedures and protection measures related to the preparation of the stadiums, the reception, as well as the organized movements of the participants. "There is a special health protocol for the Games that has been approved, posted and translated into many languages. During the accreditation of the athletes, rapid tests will be performed, support from Eric Dunan, an ambulance network and a flexible Covid 19 case management protocol will be provided ", underlined the member of the Scientific Health Committee of the General Secretariat of Sports, Odysseas Paxinos.
The General Secretary of the Hellenic Olympic Committee, Manolis Kolympadis, spoke about the relationship between the World Company Sports Games and the Olympic Ideals: ". "Through such an event, the Olympic Ideals are highlighted".
The World Company Sports Games is a multi-sport event and has been included as an action in the national celebration program of the Commission "Greece 2021".
The press conference was attended, among others, by the Vice-Regional Governor of South Sector of Attica Dimitra Nanou, the Mayor of Voula, Varis, Vouliagmeni Grigoris Konstandellos, the Deputy Mayor of Glyfada George Aggelopoulos, the president of the Athens Development and Destination Management Agency Melina Daskalakis, the Vice President of the International Chamber of Commerce and member of the Board of EVEA Nikos Sofianos, the General Manager of Errikos Dunan George Skourtis, the president of the Hellenic Organization for Company Sport and Health Nikos Kerasovitis, CEO of Erasmus Georgia Tsatsou and the Art director of the organization Niovi Karavouli.
The "3rd World Company Sports Games" will be held under the auspices of the General Secretariat of Sports, the Ministry of Tourism and the Hellenic Tourism Organization, the Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks, the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Insural Policy, the Region of Attica, the CENTRAL UNION OF MUNICIPALITIES OF GREECE, the Municipality of Vari Voula Varkiza, the Municipality of Glyfada and many other entities and national federations.