Monday , 22 July 2024

Olympic Gold Medalist, King Constantine, passed away

The Olympic Gold Medalist, former King Constantine, passed away at the age of 82. The former King, at the Olympic Games in Rome in 1960, won the gold medal in sailing, in the Dragon class, with crew Odysseas Eskitzoglou and Giorgos Zaimis, with the boat "Nireas". It was the first gold medal won by Greece after that of Konstantinos Tsiklitiras in the length without a time in 1912 in Stockholm. At the Olympic Games in Rome, the then successor Constantine was also the Ensign of the Greek team. At the same time, he had many successes and distinctions in international sailing races, while he continued his involvement with his favorite sport for many years.

He served as President of the Hellenic Olympic Committee from 1955 to 1964 and was subsequently awarded the title of Honorary President of the HOC for his great contribution to the Greek Olympic movement.

The former King Constantine was a member of the International Olympic Committee from 1963 to 1974 and soon after he was awarded the title of Honorary Member of the IOC for his multifaceted contribution to the cultivation and dissemination of the Olympic ideal.

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