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Kostas Kotzias

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TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameKonstantinos "Kostas"•Kotzias
Used nameKostas•Kotzias
Original nameΚωνσταντίνος "Κώστας"•Κοτζιάς
Born17 May 1892 in Athina (Athens) (GRE)
Died8 December 1951
AffiliationsFencing Club of Athens
NOC(s) Greece


Kostas Kotzias studied at university in both Athina and Roma. He competed at two Olympics, in 1912 and 1924. Kotzias fought in the Balkan Wars and from 1918-19 was in exile in Crete. Kotzias later entered Greek Politics. A member of the Freethinkers’ Party, he was elected mayor of Athina in April 1934, staying in office until September 1936, when he was appointed a Minister in the federal government where he developed programs for youth and sports. After the death of Greek Prime Minister Ioannis Metaxas in 1941, Greece’s King Giorgios II sought out Kotzias to head a new cabinet, but he refused. During World War II he again lived in exile, at first in Egypt and then the United States. After the War he resumed his post as a Cabinet Minister. Kotzias was also a member of the Hellenic Olympic Committee in 1935-38.


Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1912 Summer Olympics Fencing Épée, Individual, Men Olympic 4 p7 r2/4 Representing Greece    
  Épée, Team, Men Olympic Greece =5
1924 Summer Olympics Fencing Épée, Team, Men Olympic Greece 3 p5 r1/4 Representing Greece    
  Sabre, Individual, Men Olympic 9 p3 r2/3
  Sabre, Team, Men Olympic Greece 3 p1 r1/4