IOC President visits the Olympic Museum of Athens

IOC President visits the Olympic Museum of Athens

IOC President visits the Olympic Museum of Athens

The new Olympic Museum of Athens, which will officially open once pandemic restrictions are lifted, was visited by the President of International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach on Thursday.

Bach was welcomed by construction company Lamda Development CEO Odisseas Athanasiou, the President of Hellenic Olympic Committe Spiros Kapralos and Athens Olympic Museum Director Maria Papaioannou, among others.

IOC President visits the Olympic Museum of Athens

The Athens Olympic Museum is housed in the Golden Hall shopping mall in Marousi and is a member of The Olympic Museums Network.

Bach was given a tour to the museum’s Olympic heritage exhibits which highlights Athens as a hosting city of Olympic-related events.

IOC President visits the Olympic Museum of Athens
*Image Credit: Marianna Bisti

“We are honoured to welcome the President of the International Olympic Committee, Mr. Thomas Bach and the other members of the IOC, at the newly established premises of the Olympic Museum of Athens. It is a vision that has been transformed into a multi-layered, narrative revival of the history of the Games. Our cooperation with both the Greek and the International Olympic Committee was crucial for the creation of the museum,” said Athanasiou.

IOC President visits the Olympic Museum of Athens
*Image Credit: Marianna Bisti

“We hope that soon, we will have the pleasure to share this experience, opening the doors of the unique exhibition, with the whole world, thus honouring our country, the country that gave birth to the Olympic Games.

“We are sure that the new museum will be a pillar of cultural attraction for visitors from all over the world and will contribute significantly to the international promotion of Athens and the promotion of the Olympic Ideal,” Athanasiou concluded.

On this day in 1896, the first Modern Olympic Games begins in Athens
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