Demetrius Vikelas

Demetrios Vikelas (also Demetrius Bikelas; Δημήτριος Βικέλας; February 15, 1835 – July 20, 1908) was a Greek businessman and writer; he was the first President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), from 1894 to 1896.wikipedia
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International Olympic Committee

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Demetrios Vikelas (also Demetrius Bikelas; Δημήτριος Βικέλας; February 15, 1835 – July 20, 1908) was a Greek businessman and writer; he was the first President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), from 1894 to 1896.
Created by Pierre de Coubertin and Demetrios Vikelas in 1894, it is the authority responsible for organising the modern Olympic Games.

President of the International Olympic Committee

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Demetrios Vikelas (also Demetrius Bikelas; Δημήτριος Βικέλας; February 15, 1835 – July 20, 1908) was a Greek businessman and writer; he was the first President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), from 1894 to 1896.
Instead, de Coubertin turned to one of the more eminent representatives of the Greek community in Paris—Demetrios Vikelas—whom he invited to take part in the congress.

Olympic Games

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Because of his reputation and the fact that he lived in Paris, he was chosen to represent Greece in a congress called by Pierre de Coubertin in June 1894, which decided to re-establish the Olympic Games and to organise them in Athens in 1896, designating Vikelas to preside over the organisation committee.
The IOC elected the Greek writer Demetrius Vikelas as its first president.

Pierre de Coubertin

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Because of his reputation and the fact that he lived in Paris, he was chosen to represent Greece in a congress called by Pierre de Coubertin in June 1894, which decided to re-establish the Olympic Games and to organise them in Athens in 1896, designating Vikelas to preside over the organisation committee.
A Greek participant, Demetrius Vikelas, was appointed to head the commission on the Olympics, and would later become the first President of the International Olympic Committee.

Greece

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Vikelas was born in Ermoupoli, on the island of Syros in Greece.
Leading figures of modern Greek literature include Dionysios Solomos, Andreas Kalvos, Angelos Sikelianos, Emmanuel Rhoides, Demetrius Vikelas, Kostis Palamas, Penelope Delta, Yannis Ritsos, Alexandros Papadiamantis, Nikos Kazantzakis, Andreas Embeirikos, Kostas Karyotakis, Gregorios Xenopoulos, Constantine P. Cavafy, Nikos Kavvadias, Kostas Varnalis and Kiki Dimoula.

Syros

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Vikelas was born in Ermoupoli, on the island of Syros in Greece.
Demetrius Vikelas (1835–1908), writer and the first president of the International Olympic Committee

University College London

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After his day's work at his uncles' business, he took evening classes at University College London (the only university in London which did not require students to be Anglican).
authors including Edith Clara Batho, Raymond Briggs, Robert Browning, G. K. Chesterton, David Crystal, Stella Gibbons, Clive Sansom, Sean Thomas, Marie Stopes, Helen MacInnes, Rabindranath Tagore and Demetrius Vikelas (who was also the first President of the International Olympic Committee);

Veria

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His father was a merchant, originally from Veria (then part of the Ottoman Empire, today capital of the northern Greek province of Imathia in Central Macedonia) and his mother, Smaragda, was a member of the rich Melas family.
Demetrius Vikelas, Greek writer; the first president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)

1896 Summer Olympics

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With his responsibility for the 1896 Summer Olympics, Vikelas returned to Greece for just ten days in autumn 1894.
In the following years both Coubertin and Demetrius Vikelas would offer recollections of the selection process that contradicted the official minutes of the congress.

Ermoupoli

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Vikelas was born in Ermoupoli, on the island of Syros in Greece.
Demetrius Vikelas (1835–1908), businessman, writer and the first president of the International Olympic Committee

Hellenic Olympic Committee

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He also remained an active member of the Hellenic Olympic Committee.

Syros Island National Airport

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Also the Syros Island National Airport is named for him.
It is also known as Syros National Airport "Demetrius Vikelas", named for Demetrius Vikelas (1835–1908), a Greek businessman and writer born in Ermoupoli on the island of Syros.

Ethniki Etaireia

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In November 1894, a number of young nationalist officers, advocates of the Megali Idea, created a secret society, Ethniki Etairia, whose aim was to revive the morale of the country and prepare the liberation of Greek peoples still under the Ottoman Empire.
In September 1895 they recruited civilians, all linked to the organization of the Olympic Games, including Demetrius Vikelas, although he claimed only to have given in to friendly pressure, playing a solely financial role and then quickly resigning from it.

Constantinople

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After a childhood spent in Greece and Constantinople (now Istanbul), he found fortune in London, where he married. When he was six, the family moved to Constantinople, and ten years after that to Odessa.

Istanbul

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After a childhood spent in Greece and Constantinople (now Istanbul), he found fortune in London, where he married.

London

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After a childhood spent in Greece and Constantinople (now Istanbul), he found fortune in London, where he married.

Athens

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Because of his reputation and the fact that he lived in Paris, he was chosen to represent Greece in a congress called by Pierre de Coubertin in June 1894, which decided to re-establish the Olympic Games and to organise them in Athens in 1896, designating Vikelas to preside over the organisation committee.

Imathia

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His father was a merchant, originally from Veria (then part of the Ottoman Empire, today capital of the northern Greek province of Imathia in Central Macedonia) and his mother, Smaragda, was a member of the rich Melas family.

Central Macedonia

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His father was a merchant, originally from Veria (then part of the Ottoman Empire, today capital of the northern Greek province of Imathia in Central Macedonia) and his mother, Smaragda, was a member of the rich Melas family.

Odessa

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When he was six, the family moved to Constantinople, and ten years after that to Odessa.

Esther (play)

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At the age of 17 he translated Esther, a tragedy by Jean Racine.

Jean Racine

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At the age of 17 he translated Esther, a tragedy by Jean Racine.

Anglicanism

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After his day's work at his uncles' business, he took evening classes at University College London (the only university in London which did not require students to be Anglican).

Botany

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There, he obtained a degree in botany (the only subject which offered evening classes).