President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias received on Sunday a delegation of athletes and officials of the Special Olympics, that are taking place in Athens as of Sunday, and referred to the message of courage and hope that the athletes of the Special Olympics are conveying.
The president spoke of the time that the Games are taking place, stressing that "it is the suitable one for you to boost the morale of the Greeks," adding that "you are giving us the strength, the hope to struggle and to overcome the difficulty."
Timothy Shriver, President of the World Movement of the Special Olympics, termed the athletes of the Games "messengers who are appealing to the Greek people as well as to the entire world with a message that needs no words."
Ioanna Despotopoulou, President of the Organising Committee of the Games, said that despite the economic crisis Greece decided to go ahead since, as she said, "we had given a promise to the kids that they will struggle in the country where the olympic ideals were born."
The delegation of 20 athletes was also accompanied by Deputy Health Minister Christos Aidonis, while Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos also attended the event.