2012 IOC Collectors Fair - Athens, Greece - 17-20 May

2012 World Olympic Collectors Fair logoThe 18th World Olympic Collectors Fair hosted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Hellenic Olympic Committee (HOC) will be held on 17-20 May 2012 in Athens, Greece.

In cooperation with the Hellenic Olympic Academy, the Hellenic Olympic Committee and its Commission for Olympic Philately, Numismatics and Memorabilia, are pleased to announce that the Fair will coincide with the Handing over Ceremony of the Olympic Flame by the Hellenic Olympic Committee to the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games in the Panathenaic Stadium.

The venue for the fair is the Zappeion Megaron (www.zappeion.gr), an historical monument and the first building in the world to be constructed to serve Olympic needs. Zappeion is located at the historical center of Athens, surrounded by some of the most important buildings and monuments and within walking distance from the Panathenaic Stadium, where the Handing Over Ceremony will take place.

During the Fair, the Hellenic Post will also operate an office in Zappeion.

All participants will receive among other privileges, free accreditation passes compliments of the H.O.C., to attend the Handing Over of the Olympic Flame Ceremony on 17 May at the Panathenaic Stadium. They may also visit Athens Olympic venues and historical sites. A limited number of free accreditation passes for VIP seating for the Lighting Ceremony of the Olympic Flame on 10 May in Olympia will also be available for a few lucky participants with early bookings. They may also visit the premises of the Hellenic Olympic Committee in Ancient Olympia (International Olympic Academy).

Coinciding with the fair is a special Olympic Memorabilia Exhibition “Greece and the Olympic Games: 1894 – 2012” on view from 15-20 May 2012 at the Zappeion. The exhibition will include memorabilia and items related to Greece and the Olympic Games from the collections of the Hellenic Olympic Committee, institutions, as well as individual collectors.

A complete package of information is available by clicking here.