Popularity of Sports
Patras has a long tradition in Sports and Beach Sports, it has got Teams organized into National Leagues in many sports including Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Handball, Water Polo, Swimming, Athletics, and Sailing.
In fact there are 154 Sports Clubs in Patras encompassing numerous sports.
Lots of athletes from Patras have won National and International titles.
Patras has a long tradition in Beach Sports and its Teams have won a lot of titles. The first swimming and water polo Team the Nautical Club of Patras (NOP) was founded in 1929 and in 1932 it had 154 athletes.
Today in Patras the following Beach Sports have 32 Clubs in Patras.
Furthermore, the people of Patras love Sports and attend the city’s sporting venues in great numbers.
Patras – Olympic City
During the last 3 decades, Patras with its impressive sporting facilities and with supporting infrastructure has organized significant sporting events, at global, European and national levels.
Foremost of these events, in August 2004 the men and women’s Olympic Football Tournament was held in Patras.
The International Olympic Committee, Mr Sepp Blatter the President of FIFA and the Leaders of the Olympic Delegations who were hosted by the city and warmly congratulated us on our flawless organisation, the comprehensive sporting facilities and infrastructure. In national , regional and local features , addition they were impressed by the “Pampeloponnisiako Stadium” where the football matches took place and the great attendance figures. The city’s experience in organising sports events is indisputable and supported by the fact that many international federations of several sports choose Patras for their events.
Patras has hosted the following large events:
- August 2004 Football Tournament of the Olympic Games 2004
- June 2004 Universities’: World Championship of Tae Kwon Do
- August 2013 Junior’s International Games
- June 2009 Annual European Harley Owners Group Rally
- 2007 Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championship
- 2017 FIBA Eurobasket Friendly Tournament
- Annual Tofalia International Athletics Meeting
- 2018 European Youth Fencing Championship
- 2018 European Sailing Championship