It was organized at â€œTirana International Hotelâ€ a ceremony on the occasion of the closing of the Olympic Games â€œBeijing 2008â€, where Albania was represented by an Olympic delegation of 11 athletes. Due to the good participation and the satisfactory results, the Albanian National Olympic Committee (ANOC), which organized this ceremony, assessed as very successful the mission â€œBeijing 2008â€ and launched the idea of the preparations for the Olympic Games â€œLondon 2012â€. In additional, the President of ANOC, in his speech brought to the attention of the Sportive Federations the preparations for the Mediterranean Games 2009. In this ceremony was present the Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Genc Pollo, Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture, Youth and Sport, Mr. Ekrem Spahia and the CEO of Raiffeisen Bank, Mr. Oliver J. Whittle. Raiffeisen Bank was Co-Sponsor of ANOC in the Olympic Games â€œBeijing 2008â€. For this reason, The President of ANOC awarded Mr. Whittle with a gratitude medal for the support and the assistance given for the participation of the Albanian delegation in â€œBeijing 2008.
The European Community has allocated 15 thousands USD for the new athletes, who are supposed to be selected for the Olympic Games â€œLondon 2012â€. Mr. Whittle delivered one of the checks that were delivered to the young talented athletes, who aim to reach the standards for the â€œLondon Olympiadâ€. Mr. Whittle wished further success to the new athletes and promised for the continuous support of Raiffeisen Bank in the field of sport.