Μασκότ “Απόλλων” Special Olympic World Games 2011

The Greek Organizing Committee of the Athens 2011 Special Olympics officially launched on Tuesday the Games’ mascot in a press conference held at Zappeion, close to the Panathinaikon Stadium, where the modern Olympic Games were revived in 1896.

A radiant sun named Apollon after the God of Sun in ancient Greek mythology invites all the citizens of the world to join the “Wonderful Winning World” as is the title of the music theme of the 13th Special Olympics World Summer Games.

“I am in” is the official slogan of the Games, which will be held from June 25 to July 4, 2011 with the participation of 7,500 athletes from 185 countries and regions with intellectual disabilities and special abilities.

As for the emblem of the Games, which was also presented on Tuesday, it consists of the International Symbol of the Special Olympics, the Logotype “World Summer Games ATHENS 2011” and the sun.

The sun was chosen as “a source of life that underlines the excellence and power of the athlete who takes part in the Games,” said Joanna Despotopoulou, President of the Greek Organizing Committee of the 2011 Athens Special Olympics.

“Excellence is depicted in the olive branch and power in the spiral form in the center of the sun. The colors reflect the Greek landscape and project emotions like passion for life in the warm red, optimism in the orange, determination in the blue, freedom in the light blue and hope in the green,” he added.

Expressing admiration for the previous Special Olympics hosted in Shanghai two years ago the head of GOC remembered that “we took the Games flag from our Chinese friends in a spectacular closing ceremony.”

With a limited budget of 69 million euros, Athens and Greece hope to do the best to welcome in a year and a half the athletes, their coaches, their families and friends, celebrities and world leaders who support the causes of the Special Olympics.o

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”On behalf of the Greek government, Panos Beglitis, National Defence Alternate Minister, expressed his determination that “Athens and Greece will host most successful Games for one more time, as it happened five years ago when our country hosted the Olympic Games.

“The important thing to keep in mind is that Special Olympics is not just about people with special needs and abilities, but about all of us, it’s about opening the eyes of our society” said Peter Wheeler, second vice president of the Special Olympics International Committee.

Foreign diplomats in the side of the World Games 2011

 

Very great was the response of foreign diplomatic missions in Athens, at the invitation of the Chairman of the Organizing Committee for the Special Olympics World Games ATHENS 2011 Gianna Despotopoulou to exchange views on the event to be hosted by Greece in 2011.

At the meeting, the attendance of diplomats was great enthusiasm and showed everyone willing to help, through the communities of their countries in Greece, the voluntary sector and the services of foreign service missions.

Also, there was great interest in participating countries which have diplomatic mission to Greece at their own booths at the festival which will take place in parallel with the conduct of the World Games.

The organization presented the President of the Organizing Committee of the Special Olympics World Games ATHENS 2011 Gianna Despotopoulou was viewing the video promoting the Games and also presented the “Apollo”, the mascot of the tournament, which stole the show.

For the meeting Mrs. Gianna Despotopoulou said: “The response of the diplomatic corps is excellent and thanks to their help the 10,000 athletes and coaches from 185 countries will take part in the struggles of 2011, will leave the best impressions and experiences of our country, which will also contribute to the promotion of Greece internationally.

The Government was represented by Deputy Minister for Education, Lifelong Learning and Religion, John Panaretos, who sent greetings to the diplomats from the Prime Minister said that “2011 will highlight the struggles with the year of Greece”. He also stressed that priority is given to the implementation of ekpadeftikou program of Special Olympics, at high schools and colleges of our country.

 

 

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