2004 we will have the honour and pleasure to welcome you in Drama!
land of Arts and Culture.
The Region of Beauty and Harmony.
The city of Synthesis of Contrasts.
The area of Taste, Entertainment, Thought and Rumination.
The land of Mountains, Wood, Marble, Waters and Stockbreeding.
Drama of Sports, History, Tradition, Devotion and Duty.
The land of Earth Colors and Vivid Green.
Drama of Labor, Anguish, but also Hope.
Drama created by Nature in its best moments.
Drama, where Hospitality is Nourished, Taught, Worshiped and Practised
as a Relegion.
will show you areas untouched by the barbarity of Cement and Asphalt,
guide you to secret lands that remain unexplored treasures and you will
meet places where visit resembles a holy pilgrimage to nature.
Prefect of Drama
behalf of the M.C. of the Sports Medicine Association of Greece we have
the pleasure to inform you that we have undertaken the organization
of the 13th Balkan Sports Medicine Congress,
7th International Congress of Sports Medicine
Association of Greece and 4th Greek-Cypriot Sports
Medicine Congress, a generally recognized institution during the last
decade. Simultaneously, it constitutes a continuation of the previous
six International Sports Medicine Congresses of Association of Greece
and the successful cooperation with the adjacent Cyprus Sports Medicine
Association. As it is known, the Sports Medicine Association of Greece,
following its acceptance by the International Sports Medicine Association
(FIMS) as a regular member and representative of our country, has provided
us with the opportunity to access Sports Medicine activities world-wide.
The pleasant surprise of the congress is that Drama, with the lead of
its Prefect, Konstantinos Evmiridis, will be the host city. In that
way, in the historic city of Macedonia, the conventioneers, apart from
the very high level scientific program, will be able to enjoy with their
accompanying persons, the beauty of this city of the border.
The scientific program is composed of introductions to important Sports
Medicine topics, symposia, posters, free announcements and practical
Given the fact that a large number of scientists of diverse specialties
are involved in Sports Medicine, and that constitutes an important and
integral part of Medicine, we hope that all interested scientists will
respond positively to this invitation so that this congress will be
the MC of the Sports Medicine Association of Greece
President of the Congress
President of the Association
Professor Panagiotis Gigis
Prof. Konstantinos Natsis
Colleagues and Friends
is my great pleasure to announce the 13th Balkan
Sports Medicine Congress, which is held in conjunction with the 4th
Greek-Cypriot Sports Medicine Congress and the 7th International
Congress of Sports Medicine Association of Greece and which will take
place in Drama, Greece from 29/4 to 2/5, 2004.
This congress is organized by the Sports Medicine Association of Greece
in collaboration with the Cyprus Association of Sports Medicine and
hosted by the Prefect of Drama.
The Balkan Congress has a long history and a tradition of high standards
of scientific achievements.
This time we are fortunate and honored to have with us, in this great
scientific event, the Executive Committee of the European Federation
of Sports Medicine Associations (EFSM) with its Scientific Commission.
We are looking with anticipation and expectation for a superb congress.
You must all attend and show with your scientific contribution, the
long tradition and high standards of Sports Medicine of the Balkan Countries.
Looking forward to meet you all, to this great congress.
Costas Christodoulakis, MD
President of the Cyprus Association of Sports Medicine
Vice-President of the European Federation of Sports Medicine
Treasurer of FIMS
is a great honor and pleasure for me, as the acting president of the
European Federation of Sports Medicine Associations, to address a warm
welcome to all sports physicians, scientists of different specialities,
coaches, trainers and all who are interested to participate in the 13th
Balkan Congress on Sports Medicine, which will be held in conjunction
with the 4th Greek-Cypriot Sports Medicine Congress
and the 7th International Congress of Sports
Medicine Association of Greece in Drama from 29-4 to 2-5, 2004. Sports
Medicine is of growing interest as a speciality which covers research,
education and practice of physical activity and sports as essential
component of health care and prevention, the medical management of competitive
and recreational athletes and a lot of other health and performance
related topics of the whole life span of men. This growing importance
is witnessed by the increasing number of congresses, scientific symposiums,
post gradual education programs and also the integration of Sports Medicine
into the curricula of the Medical Schools/Medical Universities.
The “Balkan Sports Medicine Association” is a very active
one, shown by the high numbers of regularly organized congresses and
meetings in the region. The European Federation of Sports Medicine appreciates
these activities very much, having strong partners who take care on
regularly exchange of latest scientific research, education and communication
with a high scientific level in the just mentioned important field of
sports medicine. Therefore, as the president of EFSM, it is a pleasure
and honour for me to invite the doctors, sport physicians and sports
scientists of all the European Continent as well as from all the other
continents to attend this 13th Balkan Congress
on Sports Medicine, to learn about the latest developments in our fields
of interests, to come together not only during the scientific program
but also during the social events, to make new friends and to enjoy
all of this in the beautiful country of Greece.
President of European Federation of Sports Medicine
behalf of the International Federation of Sports Medicine (FIMS), it
is my greatest pleasure and honor to send a congratulatory note to the
13th Balkan Sports Medicine Congress, 7th
International Congress of Sports Medicine Association of Greece
and 4th Greek-CyprusCypriot Sports Medicine Congress
to be held in Drama from April 29 to May 2, 2004.
As FIMS marches
forward beyond the monumental 75th Anniversary
year of 2003, we will maximize our strength and fraternity through our
National Member Associations, one of the leading figures would be the
Sports Medicine Association of Greece. I am indeed thrilled to see such
a nice combination of meetings of the important partners of sport medicine
in this fascinating region with enormous growth in the development of
international sports. With your diversified historical and cultural
heritage, we expect a very colorful and rewarding exchange of new idea
and sharing of practices in the promotion of sports medicine. Above
all, the personal networking, the renewal of friendship and the widening
of our inter-continental communication will be most cherished.
continue our dedicated mission to achieve the targets, with the launch
of the FIMS Fellows, the Collaborating Centre of Excellence in Sports
Medicine and facilitation of networking through our webs. We welcome
each and everyone of your esteemed associations to join this world fraternity
of sport medicine!