Mayor of Athens congratulates Beijing for hosting 2022 Winter Olympic games


Mayor of Athens Kostas Bakoyannis is looking forward to the Winter Olympics that will be held in Beijing and has congratulated Beijing for this big achievement.

Beijing will become the first city ever to host both the summer and winter Olympic games. The Winter Olympics will be held from February 4-20, 2022, and will be followed by the Paralympics. 

Although the two countries are not geographically close, China and Greece share a long and deep devotion to preserving the values and wisdom of their ancestors, which is why Athens’ mayor wishes nothing but the best of luck to the city of Beijing.

Mayor Kostas Bakoyannis congratulated the Chinese capital for hosting the Winter Olympics and he explained that Beijing’s achievement also has a special meaning for the city of Athens. 

He said that Beijing is a sister city of the Greek capital and its feat is a true testament to the city’s commitment to the values of Olympism.

“I’m certain that Beijing will be an exemplary host city of the Olympic Winter Games. And of course, I look forward to enjoying all that it has to offer, knowing full well that this sportsmanship, fair play, and solidarity on display will uplift and inspire all of us,” stated mayor Bakoyannis in a video message to organizers.

“I also want to send to everyone celebrating the Spring Festival our warmest wishes for a Happy New Year. May the year of the Tiger provide us with the strength to face challenges along the way, bring us prosperity and happiness. May we all enjoy a year of peace and good health”, said mayor of Athens Kostas Bakoyannis. (photo credit: