Greek Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura attended the festivities for Sports and Hellenism organized on the 30 year anniversary of Cosmos FM which was associated with the 30th anniversary of the 1987 European Basketball Championship in New York.
The Minister met and discussed with Giannis and Thanasis Antetokounmpo, the brothers spoke about their homeland Greece with much love and warmth and responded to Ms. Kountoura’s invitation to become ambassadors of Greek tourism and to contribute to the promotion of Greece internationally.
At a special ceremony taking place at TerraceonthePark, the Minister of Tourism awarded Giannis Antntokounmpo the Hellenic Heritage Award for the promotion of Hellenism. In the presence of Archbishop Demetrios, the dep. permanent representative of Greece to the United Nations Ambassador Dionysios Kalavrezos, the General Consul Mr. Konstantinos Koutras, the Consul Mr.Manos Koubarakis and representatives of the Greek diaspora, Panagiotis Fasoulas and Michalis Kakiouzis for their contribution to Greek basketball with the Hellenic Spirit Prize, Thanasis Antetokounmpo for the dissemination of the Greek athletic ideal and parents of the athletes, Charles and Veronika Antetokounmpo with the Prize for Greek Tradition
The Minister, in her address to the honoured athletes, pointed out that tourism like sport and culture, unites people and nations and opens up new bridges of cooperation. She praised the ethos, the fire and the contribution made by Giannis Antetokounmpo, who “at every opportunity talks about Greece, which he has in his heart and soul and he represents it wisely, with respect and passion” and congratulated his parents and the entire Antetokounmpo family./IBNA