Schedule of events & Venues
- Executive Board Meeting
- 21-22 June 2021
- Hellenic Olympic Committee HQ
- IOC Session Opening Ceremony
- 23 June 2021 (Olympic Day)
- The Panathenaic Stadium (Athens 1896 & 2004 venue)
- IOC Session
- 24-26 June 2021
- Peace & Friendship Stadium, Piraeus (Athens 2004 venue)
- Trip to Ancient Olympia
- 27 june 2021
- Ancient Olympia
- The Athenaeum Intercontinental
- The Grand Hyatt
- The Marriott Athens
Video by Leo A on YouTube
The UEFA investigates whether the stadium of AEK Athens is still safe. The reason for this investigation is the following video that was made last week during a Champions League match of AEK Athene against Bayern München;
Read more: UEFA investigates Athens stadium after fan video shows structural movement [EuroNews]
The Olympic flame is due to be handed over to the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Athens on Tuesday, October 31.
Panathenaic Stadium: Facts & Figures
- 6th century BC: Simple racecourse
- 330 BC: First stadium built for the Panathenaic Games
- 144 AD: Rebuilt in marble (50,000 seats)
- 4th century: Stadium abandoned
- 1869: Stadium excavated
- 1896: After renovation the main venue for the first modern Olympics
- 2004: Used for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games
Programme Handover Ceremony
The Handover ceremony of the Olympic Flame for the XXIII PyeongChang 2018 winter Olympic Games will take place tomorrow, October 31st, at the Panathenaic Stadium, in the presence of the President of the Hellenic Republic, Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos.
The Handover ceremony will begin at 11.00 with sport – cultural events from Greece and the Republic of Korea.
The Greek General Gymnastics Team “Olympiada Thakomakedonon”, consisting of 90 young male and female participants will present the programme “the Wolves and the Moon”.
The Republic of Korea will create a lyrical atmosphere with dances and songs from the Republic of Korea and will also present the Olympic Torch Relay theme.
The last torchbearer who will enter the Panathenaic Stadium is the champion in skiing Ioannis Proios. Second to last torchbearer will be the former speed skating athlete KIM Ki-hoon, three-time gold medalist of the Republic of Korea.
The High Priestess is the actress Katerina Lehou, the choreographer is Artemis Ignatiou, while the musical composer is Yiannis Psimadas.
Source: The Hellenic Olympic Committee
Venue Athens Olympic Sports Complex
Olympics Athens 2004
Architect Santiago Calatrava
Olympic Sports –
Take a virtual tour inside the olympic venues of Athens and ancient Olympia:
http://hoc.gr/tour/index-en.html (website Greek Olympic Committee)
You might have missed
New posts this week;
- London 2012; Transformation Olympic Stadium almost finished
- PyeongChang 2018; Construction Update (May 2016)
- Tokyo 2020; List of Olympic and Paralympic Venues
- Road to Rio; 89 Days to go!
Events from May 13 to May 22; (see full event calender)
- May 14 to May 16; Rio 2016 Athletics test event
- May 18 to May 21; Rio 2016 Paralmypic Athletics test event
Elsewhere on the internet
The latest news, videos, and discussion topics in our weekly news roundup;
- Tokyo Olympic Games corruption claims bring scandal back to the IOC [The Guardian]
- Olympic venue to be turned into courtroom [Ekathimerini]
- What Happens to Olympic Host Cities After the Games Leave? [Money Morning]
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Paralympic Games: 117 days to go!
The Hellenic Olympic Committee has revealed the route for the Greek leg of the torch relay:
Day 1: April 21, 2016 Ancient Olympia (Flame Lighting Ceremony) – Zante
Day 2: April 22, 2016 Zante – Preveza
Day 3: April 23, 2016 Preveza – Thessaloniki
Day 4: April 24, 2016 Thessaloniki – Alexandroupoli
Day 5: April 25, 2016 Alexandroupoli – Larissa
Day 6: April 26, 2016 Larissa – Museum of Acropolis
Day 7: April 27, 2016 Museum of Acropolis – Panathenaic Stadium (handover ceremony)
From the author:
World records, heroic stories, tears of the losers. The Olympics are the most important international sporting event when, for two weeks, one city is watched by the world.
Universal enthusiasm and a global media presence politicise the games and provide an opportunity for massive investment. Stadiums become symbols of power.
Days of euphoria are followed by disillusionment. Olympic Realities takes the viewer to six places deserted by the Olympic circus.
Bruno Helbling’s architecture photography raises questions of the significance of these monstrous events.
The impressive pictures are accompanied by six controversial essays, each written by an author with a special connection to the particular Olympic city.
Simultaneously provocative and entertaining, they expose the roots of a system of megalomania, corruption and mismanagement.
Olympic Realities is not only a highly aesthetic record of endurance, but also a sharp portrayal of an inescapable recurrence.
Hardback, 206 pages, English & German, 164 color-photographs
Photography by Bruno Helbling Essays by Werner van Gent, Peter Dittmann, Ahmed Buric,
Francesco Pastorelli, Barbara Lüthi and Martin Müller.
Graphic-Design by Lars Egert