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06 October 2023, 10am

Unanimous choice of former Athens race director

Makis Asimakopoulos appointed Director of International Olympic Academy

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The International Olympic Academy has announced the appointment of former Athens Marathon The Authentic race director Makis Asimakopoulos as Director of the Academy from 1 November 2023 following a unanimous decision of its Ephoria.

Makis Asimakopoulos is part of the Olympic Movement with a long tenure in leading administrative positions of major international games of the Movement, the Olympic Games, the Paralympic Games, and the Special Olympics International. In 1996, he participated in the compilation team of the Athens Olympic Bid File, and then (2000-2004) he served as Sports General Director for the Olympic and Paralympic Games “ATHENS 2004”. For this work, he was honoured by the International Olympic Committee with the “OLYMPIC ORDER” (2004).

At a national level the peak period of his work in Greece was the post-Olympic fifteen years 2006–2021, when as General Director of the “Athens Marathon. The Authentic” he participated in its emergence as the largest annual international mass sport event in Greece and one of the largest and most important worldwide.

Makis worked with AIMS to develop the annual AIMS Marathon Symposium (2007–2019) and later the Best Marathon Runner Award Gala.

With Makis Asimakopoulos in its leadership team the IOA seeks to reinforce its statutory mission for the dissemination and promotion of the Olympic ideals and to become a global educational centre of the Olympic Movement.

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