International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach pays a first visit to the Athens Olympic Museum
The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Mr. Thomas Bach, as part of his two-day visit to Athens, was toured around the Athens Olympic Museum, which will open its gates to the public as soon as the government’s restrictions for indoor cultural venues operation will be lifted.
The IOC President received a warm welcome at the new Museum - a wholly owned project of Lamda Development - by Mr. Odysseas Athanassiou -Chief Executive Officer, who was accompanied by Ms. Melina Paizi, Chief Development Officer, Ms. Iro Hadjigeorgiou - Development Manager and Ms. Maria Papaioannou- Director of the Athens Olympic Museum.
During his visit, which was his first one to Athens since his re-election as IOC President until 2025, Mr. Bach was toured around the new Museum, which is located within the premises of Golden Hall and will operate under the auspices of the Hellenic Olympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee and is also a member of the Olympic Museums Network.
Mr. Thomas Bach arrived at the site, accompanied by Mr. Spyros Capralos, President of the Hellenic Olympic Committee and member of IOC along with important representatives of the Greek and International Olympic Family. The visit was also attended by Mr. Panos Tzivanidis-IOC Events Director, Mr. Marc Adams-IOC Communications Director, Mr. Giannis Exarchos - CEO of Olympic Channel, Ms. Marianna Drakopoulou - IOC Manager for Protocol and IOC Members, Ms. Marina Baramia - IOC Chief of Protocol and PA to the IOC President, Mr. Manolis Kolimbadis, G.M. HOC and Ms. Tenia Mavropoulou, HOC Director.
The cordial welcome was followed by a private guided tour to the Athens Olympic Museum, which is home to an important part of the Olympic heritage of Greece.
The Athens Olympic museum was developed to showcase Athens as an Olympic capital and the birthplace of the Olympic Games.
On behalf of Lamda Development, Mr. Odysseas Athanassiou stated:“We are honored to welcome the President of the International Olympic Committee, Mr. Thomas Bach, and the other IOC members, to the newly constructed Athens Olympic Museum. A vision that turned into a narrative of the Olympic Games’ history revival. Our cooperation with the Greek and the International Olympic Committee was vital for the creation of the museum. The museological study and the creation of the Olympic collection could not be completed without the contribution and support of both parties. We hope that soon, we will have the pleasure to share this experience by opening the doors of the unique exhibition of the Athens Olympic Museum to the whole world, thus honoring our country, the country that gave birth to the Olympic Games. We are certain that the new Olympic Museum will be a cultural attraction for visitors from all over the world and will significantly contribute to the international publicity of the Olympic city of Athens and promote the Olympic idea”.