A series of sports events, which contribute to Greece’s overall international promotion and also boost local economies, are scheduled to take place this month on Greek islands and the mainland.
The events, set under the auspices of the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO), are the 2nd Gavdos Sports Festival, the Akropolis Jet Raid 2023 in Kymi, the 5th Meteora Wrestling Academy, and the 2nd Sportevent Paros Way.
2nd Gavdos Sports Festival
Organized by the Gavdos municipality and the Aegean and Island Policy Secretariat, the event will include an 8,000-meter cross-country race, an 8,000-meter dynamic walking race, and a children’s race on a 1,000-meter asphalt track.
The sports festival aims to highlight the environmental identity and physiognomy of the island and to contribute to sports tourism on the southernmost tip of Europe.
Akropolis Jet Raid 2023
It is a jet ski tournament that has taken place in many countries across the globe until today and includes, among others, close-course, open-water, endurance, slalom, and navigation races.
More than 50 participants, mainly international, are expected to participate and effectively promote Greek hospitality and Kymi as a destination through their experience. The event will include an opening ceremony with the participation of local clubs, dance groups, and sailing clubs and will conclude with an award-giving closing celebration.
5th Meteora Wrestling Academy
It is a wrestling sports event for athletes aged 10-17 years old and includes an international tournament (June 16-18) with the participation of Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestling athletes, and an international camp (June 19-23) aimed at training athletes and educating them in culture and health issues.
More than 20 national teams from all over the world will take part in the event, while Olympic medalists and world champions will take on coaching and training roles.
2nd Sportevent Paros Way
The renowned international triathlon race, 2nd Sportevent Paros Way, will take place on June 17 and 18.
It will include road races (21 km and 5 km for adults and 1 km and 500 meters for children), swimming races (3 km and 1.5 km for adults and 750 meters for children), and an aquathlon (individual and relay with 750 meters swimming and 5 km running).
Greek and international participants have already enrolled for the triathlon on Paros, with organizers aiming to highlight the island’s unique offerings and strengthen its character as a sports tourism destination.