To EB Members, to National
Federations, to all our Water Ski Friends.
I'm delighted to make the following
At the October 5th Greek
Olympic Committee Meeting, they have decided to announce only
a new sports in 2004 Olympic Games .
Their decision is :
Our dream for the past 50 years is now
even closer to becoming a reality.
This result crowns our President's effort
and commitment during these last seven years and fills me with
satisfaction for the work executed during this period since Greece
was chosen as host country for the 2004 Olympics.
My heart felt thanks to all those who
have helped us to achieve this first major goal, particularly
to the Greek Federation President, Depy Papadimitriou.
But before giving total
vent to our joy, we should wait for some months - which is the
time it will take to get the Greek Olympic Committee's decision
positively ratified by I.O.C. Executive Board. This should happen
before the end of this year.
In order to achieve our final goal,
I must remind all of you about two important existing campaigns
which we must keep on improving :
- Supporting Signatures and Letters
As of today, we have more than 25,000
Skier's Signatures and 40 Supporting Letters from National Olympic
Committees. This campaign must continue until the day before the
I.O.C.'s final decision in order to improve our ratification chances.
- Olympic Effort Funding
Last but not the least, our Olympic
Fund Collecting Campaign has made some good progress, but since
we have collected only 50 % of our requirement, we must now make
every effort to get all our supporters to help fund the remaining
I am at your total disposal for further
Graziano Tognala IWSF Secretary General