After an almost inactive sports athletic year in 2020 due to the restrictive measures for the covid-19 pandemic, Portarathlon is coming back to fascinate us! Naxos will host the Portarathlon International Combined Events Meeting, as it did in 2018 and 2019.
Portarathlon, Women’s Heptathlon and Men’s Decathlon, will be held at the Municipal Stadium of Naxos on the 17th and 18th of May.
The 5th Portarathlon will once again welcome a large number of athletes from all over the world. It is highly promising that in 2020 lots of them had expressed their interest in taking part in the Event.
Portarathlon is also expected to be attended by the best Greek decathletes and the most important Greek heptathletes as the Greek National Men-Women Combined Events Championship will be held at the same time.
Those who will find themselves in Naxos on the 17th and 18th of May, will enjoy a great sports show, the fantastic natural scenery that Naxos offers, the positive energy that the legendary Portara Monument inspires and will have the opportunity to indulge in the warm Naxian hospitality.
We expect a reunion of champions, with important names and great performances, as Portarathlon opens an Olympic year.
Welcome Note of the Head of South Aegean Region, Giorgos Hatzimarkos
It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the 4th International Combined Events Meeting on one of the most beautiful islands of the South Aegean, Naxos.
I warmly congratulate the co-organizers and the supporters of this special and multi-symbolic event, which takes place for the 1st time in Greece. Its aim is to become an institution and each year to attract the best European and Mediterranean Heptathlon and Decathlon athletes to Naxos.
Great International Events, such as this, shape sports education and promote fair play. Simultaneously, they combine ideally sports with tourism and they create new travel experiences, giving to visitors the opportunity not only to be spectators but also participants.
The International Combined Events Meeting can be a mainspring for the development of sports tourism, proving in practice that our islands fulfill all the criteria to host great sports events of international caliber and prestige, enhancing the extroversion that is suitable and worthy for South Aegean Region.
The South Aegean Region invests on extroversion and actively supports every initiative that brings our islands closer to where they belong: the top.
Head of South Aegean Region
Welcome Note from the Mayor of Naxos and Mikres Cyclades, Dimitris Lianos
Consistent in its annual sports appointment, the Municipality of Naxos and the Small Cyclades welcomes and hosts for another year the heptathlon and decathlon races under the name “Portarathlon”.
Naxos embraced from the first moment this great sporting event. Today, having the experience of successful events, our Municipality is ready to support this year’s event with all the means and infrastructure it has, thus giving the fans of classic sports the opportunity to live beautiful sports moments and admire closely athletes of complex sports.
On the occasion of this trip to sports, we invite you not only to enjoy the renowned athletes who will take part, but also to get to know Naxos, its natural wealth, its culture, its history, its hospitable inhabitants!
We are waiting for you all and we wish this year’s event and the performance of the athletes to be a milestone in the history of complex competitions!
Mayor of Naxos and Small Cyclades
Greetings from the President of SEGAS, Sofia Sakorafa
On behalf of the Management of SEGAS, I welcome this year’s event of PORTARATHLON and, believing that I also express the wider sports community, I must say that we look forward to the success and prospects of this pioneering event for our country. The peculiarity of this event extends beyond the indisputable value of the complex sports that it includes, since it reflects the special dynamics of the sports and the wider local community of Naxos and the Cyclades.
Those who contribute, in any way, to the realization of these special struggles and to the justification of the vision that gave birth to them, deserve sincere and warm congratulations and the corresponding recognition.
Just wishing good luck is not enough. Everyone should know that SEGAS really wants to meet its full potential in the organization of such events, both independently as a Federation and in its cooperation with all the bodies involved or interested.
The future of Greek sports demands transcendence from all of us. This is a responsibility we can fulfil if we are all together towards our common goal of a better sporting future.
That is why an event like PORTARATHLON, is even more important today!
Good luck !
President of EAS SEGAS
Welcome Note from the Managing Director of PORTARATHLON, Dimitris Pappas
Dear friends of Athletics
On behalf of the Organizing Committee, I would like to welcome the athletes, the coaches, the judges, the sports executives and all the friends of the 2nd Portarathlon Combined Events Meeting.
This year we have more foreign and greek participant athletes and we expect a fascinating Meeting with great performances and loads of personal records.
Combined events in Greece are on the rise since the standards are higher, performances are getting better by the year, more and more athletes are interested and the athletics executive’s interest is more lively.
For us, the islanders, the determined support of SEGAS is of great importance on every aspect.
I wish every success to each and every participant!
With sincere appreciation,
President of EAS SEGAS CYCLADES