Mr. Juan Antonio Samaranch visited Hellenic Cosmos
On Monday 30th of August 2004 the former President of the International Olympic Committee Mr. Juan Antonio Samaranch visited the Foundation's cultural centre Hellenic Cosmos.
Mr. Lazaros Efraimoglou, President of the Foundation, and Mr. Dimitris Efraimoglou, Managing Director of the Foundation toured Mr. Samaranch through the activities of Hellenic Cosmos and informed him about the Foundation's work.
Mr. Samaranch visited the exhibition "Tales of the Olympic Games. A unique exhibition", which brings to light unknown aspects of the history of the Games and he watched the programmes shown at the innovative Virtual Reality system "Kivotos": "The Workshop of Phidias in Olympia", and "Journey to ancient Miletus" and "A Walk through ancient Olympia". Mr. Samarach's comments were particularly flattering and his observations, due to his long experience, demonstrated the need for presenting the numerous aspects of the Olympic Games, in other words the objective of the exhibition.
The former President of the International Olympic Committee also visited the Foundation's other important exhibition "Is There An Answer To Everything? A journey to the world of Greek mathematics", where the long history of mathematics is recorded and was informed about the Foundation's printed and electronic publications, as well as about the Foundation's work in general.
The presence of Mr. Samaranch and his warm comments demonstrate in the best possible way the recognition of the projects of Hellenic culture from people that have made their mark in the history of modern Olympic Games.
During his departure Mr. Samaranch said to the President of the Foundation: "We need more people like you".
Besides Mr. Samaranch, the following people visited during the Games the cultural centre Hellenic Cosmos and all its activities related to the Olympic Games: the wife of the President of the International Olympic Committee Ms. Rogge (for the fourth time this year) accompanied by members of the International Olympic Committee, Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, Prime Minister of the islands St. Kitts-Nevis, the President of the Olympic Committee of Nepal Mr. Pradhan and his wife, the Vice President of the Olympic Committee of Costa Rica, the President of Toyota Motor Corporation Dr. Soichiro Toyoda and numerous people.