Spyros Capralos was elected as EOC President at last year's General Assembly in Athens ©Getty Images

European Olympic Committees (EOC) President Spyros Capralos is set to mark one year as head of the organisation tomorrow, and has said it will be "a special honour" to address the General Assembly here.

Capralos was elected at last year's General Assembly in Athens, beating Danish Acting President Niels Nygaard by 34 votes to 16.

Having led the EOC for the last 12 months, the Greek official is excited at the prospect of delivering his first Presidential report to Europe's National Olympic Committees (NOCs) in North Macedonia's capital.

"It will be a special honour to address the EOC General Assembly as President for the first time," said Capralos, who was elected as an International Olympic Committee member in 2019.

"Over the past year we have made excellent progress together, which is all the more impressive given the challenges we faced.

"In the past 12 months, we have seen Europe’s athletes perform brilliantly at both Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022, topping both medal tables.

The EOC held its first multi-sport event since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March - the Winter European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) in Vuokatti.

The Summer edition of the EYOF in Banská Bystrica is scheduled for July 24 to 30.

Last month, the Host City Contract for the Krakow-Małopolska 2023 European Games was signed, and reports related to each of these events, as well as the Games of the Small States of Europe in Valletta, are expected at the General Assembly.

Spyros Capralos said the signing of the Host City Contract for next year's European Games
Spyros Capralos said the signing of the Host City Contract for next year's European Games "set a sustainable blueprint for the future of Europe’s premier sports event" ©EOC

Prior to his report to the Congress, Capralos insisted the EOC would place the athletes at the heart of its events.

"Meanwhile, the EOC has hosted a successful Winter EYOF in Vuokatti and we are in the final stages of preparation for the summer edition in Banska Bystrica in July," he said.

"In addition to this, we have set a sustainable blueprint for the future of Europe’s premier sports event, after signing the Host City Region Contract for the European Games in Poland next year.

"As a family, we will continue to do everything we can to give our athletes the best possible platform for success."

Capralos also referenced the war in Ukraine, which has led to the EOC banning athletes and officials from Russia and Belarus from both EYOFs and "temporarily" preventing elected officials from both countries from attending Executive Committee or Commission meetings.

The EOC President again praised NOCs for their efforts in supporting Ukraine.

"Off the field of play, we have seen how sport plays an integral role in society by promoting peace and unity, and I want to thank the NOCs of Europe for being role models during a very difficult time for our continent with the war in Ukraine.

"The General Assembly will give us the chance to reflect on a year of hard but very important work, and plan for more progress in the months and years ahead."

According to the United Nations, at least 4,266 civilians have been killed since the launch of what Moscow describes as a "special military operation" on February 24, although it is feared that the true figure is far higher, and more than 7.2 million people have been forced to flee Ukraine.