Dimitris Avramopoulos was one of the first Greek politicians who put his faith in the Olympic Games, considering the promotion of the Olympic ideals as a key factor for the development and the improvement of our country’s position in the world community.
During his term as the mayor of the Greek capital, he actively supported Athens’ candidature for the Olympic Games of 2004 and has been successful in achieving his goal. His contribution as the mayor of Olympic Athens in the organization of the Games has been most significant. First and foremost, during the eight years of his term in Athens, Dimitris Avramopoulos created the right circumstances, in order for the youths of the whole world to feel welcome in a shining metropolis, worthy of its cultural heritage. Last but not least, DA founded the World Union of the Olympic Cities in collaboration with the International Olympic Committee. This institution is an important heritage not only for the International Olympic Movement, but also for the international role of the city of Athens. The main purpose of the institution is to create a network of solidarity and of exchange of the right techniques between the Olympic cities. Furthermore, it aims to provide for support to the cities, which aspire to undertake the organization of the Olympic Games.