283 Days Before the Games


Corfu and the Ionian Islands, embraced with fervor and enthusiasm Special Olympics World Games ATHENS 2011. In a magnificent location on the island of Corfu, the Palace of St. Michael and St. George, signed the Memorandum of Understanding between the OE Special Olympics World Games ATHENS 2011, the Ionian islands of Corfu Municipality and the Association of Travel Agents and Maritime Corfu ( AOCTA)

H Chairman of the Organising Committee Ms Gianna Despotopoulou, thanked the people of Corfu hotel that embraces the program “POLIS-AMPHITRYON” to accommodate, just before the Games begin, between 20 and 24 June 2011, over 600 athletes coming from Austria, Germany and Italy, by awarding them with the help of Special Olympics athletes from Corfu, distinctions.

“The Odyssey, Kerkyra is the last stop before reaching the Odysseus of Ithaca. And in our program “POLIS-AMPHITRYON” Corfu is also a milestone which will contribute to the success of the Games, “said Ms Despotopoulou.

“I’m in” exclaimed the Ambassador of Austria, Mr. Michael Lincharnt who expressed the gratitude of his country to the local community for hosting the athletes of Austria on the island of Corfu in the program of the ATHENS 2011. Similar strongly appealed to Corfu and the Chargé d’Affaires of the Embassy of Germany, Mr. Buddha Delacroix and the First Secretary of the Embassy of Italy Mr. Martin Brooke, who honored the event with their presence.

At the end of the event, Ms. Eleni Bisti, Ambassador of Goodwill Games, Athens 2011, won the highest award of Special Olympics, Eunice Kennedy Medal-Sraiver for the five-year supply and support the movement.

The hotels that will accommodate the athletes are:

1. Aquis Sandy Beach Resort
2. Aqua Land Resort
3. Chandris Hotels & Resorts
4. Corfu Imperial hotel (Grecotel)
5. Elea Beach – Livadi Nafsika Hotel
6. Grand Mediterraneo Resort & Spa
7. Kontokali Bay
8. Louis Hotels
9. Marbella Hotel
10. Park Hotel Corfu
11. Sentido Aeolos Beach Hotel

The Special Olympics World Games ATHENS 2011 will be held from June 25 to July 4, 2011. In the 7500 Games will bring together athletes and 2,500 coaches from 185 countries, 3,000 judges / referees, 40,000 family members of athletes, 25,000 volunteers and the event will cover 3,000 journalists from around the world.


1) The Memorandum of Understanding signed by the President of AOCTA, Dimitris Haritos, the Chairman of the Organizing Committee for the World Games Special Olympics 2011, Gianna Despotopoulou, the Secretary General of the Ionian Islands, Costas Georgalidis and the Mayor of Corfu Sotiris Mikalef (shown from left to right)

2) Joanne Despotopoulou during speech

3) Joanne Despotopoulou children with Special Olympics from Corfu


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