Attendees at the official press conference held at the Hotel Holiday Inn, expressed the opinion that the 1st International Tournament Mini handball, “VRILITTOS” is innovative and can be established. Present on the panel were Mr. Akis Valavanis, Public Relations Officer of the tournament, the Mayor of Vrilissia Costas Ioannides, the General Secretary of Hellenic Handball Federation Nikos Grammatikos , the president of the Cultural Association of New Vrilissia Vassilis Skoulas and the president of the organization “The Smile of the Child”, Kostas Giannopoulos. Present were also the President of the Organizing Committee Dimitris Kotsionis, federal coaches of National Teams of Men and Children George Kranakis and Panayiotis Iatroudis respectively, the President of Handball Coaches Association of Greece, John Vareltzis, the President of the Sports Organization of the municipality of Vrilissia Tassos Dimitriou, the vice president of E.S.N. Vrilission Loukas Economou, the manager of Diomidis Argous and member of the Marketing and Communication of Hellenic Handball Federation , Andreas Moukios, Nikos Sotiriou from the press office of Hellenic Handball Federation and representatives of media.« The character tournament is Tripartite »Akis Valavanis, Public Relations Officer of the tournament, first took the floor, saying: «Thank you for your presence, we promise you to spend three unforgettable days while our kids will be enjoying the game.
First, I want to refer to how the idea for this tournament came up. Through a discussion, regarding hand ball issues, with former handball athlete Dimitris Kotsionis, the main purpose was that of sport experience of children, competition and fair play .I also want to touch on the nature of the tournament; it is tripartite as ” VRILITTOS ” has training, racing and social character. The children will visit the Acropolis Museum and the Attica zoo Park, will play, paint and make friendships. We thank “The Smile of the Child”, the Federation of Hellenic Handball , the municipality of Vrilissia , the E.S.N. Vrilission as well as the radio station Nova SPORT -FM 94,6 and newspaper Sportday who support us and Mr. Sotirakopoulos who from the first moment we had discussed about this operation he embraced our effort . «It is an answer …»Costas Ioannidis ,the mayor of Vrilissia, next took the floor saying : ” We welcome the introduction of the 1st International Tournament Mini handball .We thank all sponsors and those who have supported this effort and especially the parents of young athletes, of whom this project started, as well as athletes who have gone through the group of Vrilissia.
Everyone says that Greece suffers from infrastructure but we want this tournament to be the answer in this regard. We try to encourage the efforts of athletes; nothing is more important than to create ‘’pool’’ athletes. Congratulations to all those who were involved in this international tournament and as a municipality we will do our best in order to support it in the current difficult times. “« It is never too late »The general secretary of the Hellenic Handball Federation Nikos Grammatikos, said: “I would like to dwell on the character of the tournament mainly. It is certainly innovative as it combines too many activities. Unfortunately in Greece, due to the crisis, we discovered how important it is to put emphasis in infrastructure but it is never late. We, both as individuals and as a federation, the only think we can do is to support such actions with these characteristics. I wish the best and Vrilittos once it came I wish to stay. “«Very important organisation for kids’ The President of E.S.N. Vasilis Skoulas said: “I could not imagine, two years ago when 400 children gathered with the effort of Mr. Bernardou,that such a thing would happen and that I would be a member of such a panel of a pioneering international tournament. We, on our side, will help in whichever field we can this effort. ” Then, Kostas Giannopoulos the president of the organization “The Smile of the Child», said: «We are honoured that you invited us to participate in your effort.».’’ The Smile of the Child” supports all children. It is an opportunity to give children a vision because we, adults, have «blackened» their soul. You give them the opportunity to have fun and make friendships away from violence, in this tournament. Andrew my son, was an athlete and participated in all the events of the area and so for me this effort is very important. What you do for our children is very important, because we give them the opportunity to understand that there are people who care about them and may institutions support this effort with all available means. «I wish for a closer cooperation with the Hellenic Handball Federation» The chief coach of the French Handball Federation and responsible for the development developer Mr. Guy Petitgirard offered from his side to the organizers two shirts of the ” Tricolor ” and a souvenir to the Mayor ,while he referred to the invitation he received : ” I thank the Federation and the organizers of this tournament as well as the sponsors . The values we get from handball are those which give me courage to keep going. The exchange of values among athletes is the most important. So, baring this mentality of willing to exchange values, I come pleasantly here and share values and secrets of the sport. I hope to have more practical cooperation with the Hellenic Handball Federation in the future. Nikos Grammaticos the secretary of Hellenic Handball Federation responded directly amid laughs: “I accept this proposal of cooperation with joy and we will come up into a process of discussion in the future”.PRESS OFFICE