ATHENS: The granddaughter of late shipping billionaire Aristotle Onassis and considered the richest woman in the world is set to make a bid to ride for the Greek equestrian team for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing after it was announced she had joined the Avlona Equestrian club on Monday.
Athina Roussel Onassis signed for The Avlona Equestrian Club, which is located some 30km northwest of Athens.
The club said 19-year-old Roussel would join the club in order to compete in national and international competition with the team.
The club also said Onassis would train for the Greek national equestrian team and the 2008 Olympics.
Her presence here will bring another dimension to Greek equestrianism, said George Dendrinos, a member of the board of directors of the Greek Equestrian Federation and the Avlona Equestrian Club.
Athina Onassis is a major boost not only for the Greek equestrian community, but for Greek sports in general.
She will soon visit us to see the facilities and to discuss administrative matters, he added.
The Greek national equestrian team tried to get Onassis to ride for them at the Athens Olympics last summer but she refused.
The heiress of Aristotle Onassis' billions lives with her French father and stepfamily in Switzerland. Athina's mother, Christina Onassis, died in 1988, leaving the family fortune of an estimated US$2.7bil to her. AFP