On Monday 6 February 2017, during the general election of the Hellenic Olympic Committee, Michail Fysentzidis has been elected President of the International Olympic Academy (IOA). The Secretary General of the European Taekwondo Union was elected with the popular vote of 14 out of 25, as also Spyros Capralos was re-elected President of the Hellenic Olympic Committee.
“It is a great honor that the majority has elected me President of the International Olympic Academy”, said Mr Fysentzidis and continued: “I aspire that through my new responsibilities I will continue to serve the sporting world and the Olympic Ideal, primarily with modesty, but principally vigorously to fulfill the potentials to survey, elaborate and implement innovative ideas and educational programs in benefit towards athleticism and always aligned with the Pierre de Coubertin initiatives.”
Counting eight (8) years (1996-2004) as Deputy Member, thirteen (13) more as Regular member of the Hellenic Olympic Committee and as an active contributor to the sporting world, Michail Fysentzidis disseminates in the Taekwondo world the same principles as the mission of IOA conditions; the appraise in educational values through sports.
ETU President Sakis Pragalos stated:
“There are 206 Presidents of National Olympic Committees, yet internationally, the President of the Olympic Academy is only one. It is a primal distinction for the Taekwondo Family and especially for the European Taekwondo Union the recognition of Michail Fysentzidis in such a significant position. I would like to wish to him on behalf of the ETU Council as well as personally prosperous days on his new duties”.