Mitsotakis: “Sport unites, not divides – We still have a lot to do”


“This image of the sports family united is very nice. Sport unites. Sport is not divisive. And this government will continue to serve this mission of promoting sports as a whole in the country. With works and not with words”, emphasized Kyriakos Mitsotakis speaking at the cutting of the New Year’s pie of the Sports at the Ministry of Education, Religion and Sports. The prime minister wished a good year and good success to the athletes and good strength ahead of the Olympic year.

Mr. Mitsotakis congratulated the Deputy Minister of Sports, Yannis Vroutsis, for his initiative to bring together the entire sports family, to celebrate 20 years since 2004, a year that he said is etched in the collective as well as the individual subconscious. and in our memory.

“2004 was the year that raised Greece high: with the excellent organization of the Olympic Games, an organization in which many had discounted, Mrs. Angelopoulou – as you reminded us – that our country would not be able to succeed in the end, and of course with the unique triumph of the Greek National Team, which offered us – whether we are Greek athletes or simple sports fans – unique joys and truly unforgettable moments”, said the Prime Minister.

He added: “I think it is very important, and through the initiative of the Bank of Greece, to honor these moments and learn from what we really did well 20 years ago. Whether it is the triumph of a team, which put the team above the individual and surprised everyone with its discipline and passion, or we are talking about the extremely complex organization of the Olympic Games, which demanded from all of us, from the state , but also from civil society, to see things differently and to put the collective goal above individual ambitions”.

Mr. Mitsotakis mentioned that it is worth sometimes when we face other kinds of challenges in today’s era, to remember what was this spirit of collectiveness, organization, volunteerism, which was “born” through the 2004 Olympic Games.

“And to look for that invisible thread that unites the challenges of another era with the difficulties we are called to face today. And I think that we will draw many positive conclusions from what we achieved in 2004. Conclusions which are also useful today”, he underlined.

Kyriakos Mitsotakis also said that 2024, as an Olympic Games year, gives the government the opportunity to unfold its overall plan for sports.

“I will not say much about them, the Minister of Sports mentioned in much more detail on our initiatives for the next year. However, I will mention the separate semiotics of the transfer of the Ministry of Sports to the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs. And this connection between education and sports, in which I believe so much, is now confirmed through this institutional redistribution and of course the upgrading of the portfolio of the Deputy Minister of Sports to a Deputy Minister. I believe that this in itself sends a special message about the priority that the Greek government and I personally attach to the importance of sports”, he noted.

And he emphasized: “We have a lot to do. We have done a lot, we still have a lot more to do, be it for OAKA’s sports facilities, for our coaching, for school sports, for dealing with violence, for how we will encourage young children to play more sports. How do we get them away from other challenges, how do we deal with childhood obesity, addiction to electronic devices. Sport provides an answer to all these deep social problems, which not only Greece faces, the whole world faces.”

The prime minister additionally pointed out that the athletes who lifted the whole country on their backs are a source of inspiration, especially for the young children who will follow in their footsteps.

“Because those of us who love sports and play amateur sports know how much effort it takes to get to the point of achieving promotion and distinction. Toil, pain, failures, disappointments, support. We are talking about our athletes, we are talking about our Paralympic athletes. All those behind you, your coaches, your physical therapists, all those who allow you to compete at the level you can and do,” he continued.

And he added: “To all of them, therefore, a special, big “thank you”, along with my wishes that 2024 will be a year of great success at the Olympic Games that will be held in Paris. With my best wishes, the National Football Team succeeds in being where it deserves to be, in the stadiums of Germany, at Euro 2024.

So, let me close by wishing each and every one first and above all health. Health for the athlete is a necessary condition. Physical and mental health, not only being strong in body, being strong in mind. And of course, success in our sport as a whole”.


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