'Those who serve the Olympic Idea share in the most beautiful cultural heritage of the people i.e. in classical education, born in a country to become the property of the world. Greece wishes simply to remain its faithful servant.
Nikolaos NISSIOTIS, President of the IOA (1977-1986)
The IOA constitutes the intellectual expression of the Olympic Movement, which represents one of the finest aspects of the universal intellectual tradition.
Lambis NIKOLAOU, Vice-President of the IOC (2005 -2009), Member of the IOC (1986 - ), President of the HOC (1985-1992, 1997-2004)