Sports Journalist, Greece
Vassilis Skountis is a professional journalist, specialized in sports for 42 years.
He has worked and is still working for major newspapers, magazines, web pages, radio and TV stations in Greece and has collaborated with several foreign media groups and various sport organizations.
He has a deep knowledge on Olympic sports, as he has covered all Summer Olympic Games since 1988, the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, nine FIBA World Basketball Championships and 16 European Basketball Championships. He is the only journalist worldwide who has attended all the Euroleague Basketball Final Four editions starting from 1988, plus 7 NBA Finals Series, 10 NBA All Star Weekends, 4 NCAA Basketball Final Four editions, 5 FINA World Swimming Championships, 5 European Swimming Championships, 3 UEFA Champions League finals, 2 World University Games, and many other events in other sports, including Athletics, Judo, Tennis, Gymnastics, Weightlifting, Wrestling, Volleyball and Beach Volleyball
He was one of the very first people appointed to work for the Press Operations at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, as the Olympic News Service Manager, which is the Intranet News Agency providing results, historical data, news reports, quotes, interviews and other data for all the members of the Olympic Family. Starting from 2000 he planned and run the project, in co-operation with IOC and had the responsibility for a 600-people paid staff and Media volunteers. The Athens 2004 ONS was very helpful for the Media and the whole Olympic family and is considered one of the most complete News Service ever provided in the Olympic Games.
In 2011 Vassilis Skountis worked as Manager and Executive Editor of the News Service for the Arab Games held in Doha, Qatar.
Additionally he has offered his services as Media Director for the Athens 1991 European Swimming Championships, the Athens 1998 World Basketball Championships and the Athens 2008 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Basketball Tournament. He has been also member of the Press Operations Team at the Athens 1987 European Basketball Championships, the Athens 1995 European Basketball Championships , the Athens 1995 FIBA World Junior Championships, the 2015 World Handball Championships, the 2017 Asian Indoor Games and the 2019 Mediterranean Beach Games.
Since 2000 Vassilis Skountis is collaborating with the official page of Euroleague Basketball and for many years has been the correspondent of the prestigious French sport newspaper “L’ Equipe”.
His portfolio in Greece includes jobs in television (as broadcaster and show presenter), radio stations, magazines, sports newspapers and websites, on a daily basis. He serves as consultant for the Greek Basketball Clubs Association, as professor in several sport and media foundations and as coordinator in sport conferences, congresses and seminars.
Vassilis Skountis was awarded by major Greek Foundations, Associations and Organisations for his contribution to Press and Sports.
He was awarded by the Greek Sports Writers Association with prizes in 1999, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. In in 2013 he was awarded by the “Botsis Foundation”, receiving the highest media prize by the then President of the Greek Republic Mr Karolos Papoulias.
He served as vice president of the Greek Sports Press Association and was responsible for writing, editing and publishing several sport encyclopedias, including the history of the Olympic Games, the description of all Olympic sports and the centenary of basketball. In 2017 he issued the book “We are champions” dedicated to the Greek Basketball National team’s triumph in European Championships 1987,. He was also responsible and the main announcer in several documentary series dedicated to Olympic Games and other major sport events.
Vassilis Skountis has a bachelor in Law from the University of Athens. He speaks English, French, Italian and Spanish.