The Greek Deputy Minister for Sport, Lefteris Avgenakis, chaired the Ministerial Round Table session from Athens on 15 January 2021, as part of the series of online events making up the 16th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for sport.
The online event was attended by over 160 participants, including 39 Heads of delegation (Ministers, Secretaries of State and top leaders from different sports organisations) who made their statements on the two major themes of the conference: the revision of the European Sports Charter and Human Rights in Sport.
Many delegations referred to the impact that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on sports and local communities. They also reiterated that ensuring human rights in sport is even more important than ever.
Mr Avgenakis thanked the participants, saying “today’s discussion reflected the diversity of the world of sport in Europe, at intergovernmental level as well as among non-governmental organisations. I note there is strong support for the resolutions and much appreciation for the work of the Council of Europe in the field of sport”.
The individual statements made by the Heads of Delegation will be published soon on the conference’s multimedia webpage.
This series of online events making up the Conference of Ministers comes to a conclusion with its Closing Session on 11 February 2021, featuring Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Niels Nygaard, acting president of the European Olympic Committees and Lefteris Avgenakis, Deputy Minister of Culture and Sport of Greece.