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Police bans Police bans public gatherings in central Athens, over football violence concerns

Greek Police has banned any public outdoor gathering as of 21:00 on Friday (May 21) to 06:00 on Sunday (May 23) in central Athens, particularly around Omonia Square and Patission and Akadimias Streets, over concerns of football fan violence after a final Greek Cup match. “This particular ban is imposed …

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“I’m back to make all of you proud” says Petrounias after winning his 5th Gold

Τhe Greek Lord of the Rings is back. Eleftherios Petrounias won the gold medal in European Championships for the fifth time in a row. the golden medalist of Olympics 2016, posted on his social media account: “I am back to make all of you proud!” Είμαστε στην κορυφή της Ευρώπης, …

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Greek PM Mitsotakis slams plan for breakaway Super League

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis weighed in on the controversy sparked by a decision by 12 of Europe’s top football clubs on Sunday to launch a breakaway Super League. With a post on Twitter, Mitsotakis slammed the initiative as “wrong.” “The possibility of the unexpected makes football so exciting. The …

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MP, former athlete Sofia Sakorafa is the first woman to head Greece’s oldest sports federation

Former star athlete and current MP Sofia Sakorafa became the first woman to head the Hellenic Athletics Federation (SEGAS), Greece’s oldest sports federation, following an online vote on Wednesday. SEGAS was founded in 1897 to represent all sports, before they split off to form federations of their own, and currently …

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Tragedy on Mt Olympus: Avalanche kills two hikers

An avalanche killed two men who went for a hike on the Mountain Olympus, the highest mountain in Greece. A third member of the group escaped the deadly snow and called rescuers. The tragedy took place in the area of Xerolaki at a height of 2,600 meters. Team from rescue …

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Fixed Matches trial: All 28 football officials acquitted

The Court of Appeals unanimously acquitted all the 28 football officials who were tried for fixing certain football matches in 2012 and 2013. After many months of hearing, the court ruled on Thursday that there is no evidence for the two charges attributed to the defendants – alleging participation in …

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Sports Minister suspends funding to Greek Sailing Federation amid probes

Deputy Minister of Sports Lefteris Avgenakis announced on Tuesday that he was suspending all funding to the Greek Sailing Federation and ordering an audit of its board members’ assets, as part of an investigation into allegations of sexual assault, mismanagement and corruption by senior officials. The suspension will last until …

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Bekatorou opens the bag of Aeolus on sexual abuse and harassment in Greek sports

Resignations and public outcry and prosecutor’s investigation as other athletes come out and speak up. With her revelations about being sexually abused by a high-ranking official of the Hellenic Sailing Federation, Olympic champion Sofia Bekatorou opened the bag of Aeolus about what is going on in the Greek sports world. …

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Olympics sailing champion Sofia Bekatorou speaks of being “sexually abused” by Federation official

Greek Olympics sailing champion Sofia Bekatorou has spoken about having been sexually abused at a young age by a senior official of the Hellenic Sailing Federation. The 43-year-old Gold metal winner broke her silence at an online conference titled “Start to Talk” organized by the Ministry of Sports in the …

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Olympics sailing champion Pelekanakis dies of Covid-19 at 58

Greek Olympic sailing champion Leonidas Pelekanakis died of Covid-19 on Thursday. The 58-year-old athlete was fighting the illness in hospital for two months. The athlete did not have any underlying health issues. Still in October 2020, Pelekanakis was taking part in open sea sailing events. He had competed in the …

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64 push-ups/minute: Athlete from Crete enters Guinness Book of Records.

In the middle of a lockdown, an athlete form Crete broke a world record and entered the Guinness Books of  World Records. Giorgos Kotsimpos broke the world record for the most hand release push-ups in one minute. He did 64 reps, 6 more than the past record of 58 reps. …

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Virtual Athens Marathon 2020: Participants from 57 countries

Thousands of runners from all over the world gave a dynamic presence in the Virtual Athens Marathon 2020, sending a message of victory over all adversity due to the pandemic. The event, which took place in a virtual form, gathered a total of 6,700 participants from around the world. Among …

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School in northern Greece demands removal of Maradona graffiti

A graffiti portraying Maradona has created tension between local and school authorities in Thessaloniki, northern Greece, with the latter demanding its removal. The parents association and the principal of the 3rd elementary school in Kalamaria Municipality demand the removal of the graffiti claiming the lifestyle of the football legend cannot …

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Antetokounmpo distributes food packages to needy in Athens neighborhood

Giannis Antetokounmpo distributed food packages to the needy in the neighborhood where he grew up in Athens. Together with his mother and brothers, the Greek Freak went to the church of Agios Meletios in Sepolia to help people in one of the degraded districts of the Greek capital. He gave …

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Police breaks up illegal party in Athens hotel; present also 3 Olympiacos footballers

Police broke up a party that was being held in the roof garden of a hotel in blatant violation of the lockdown restrictions aiming to contain the spread of the coronavirus. The alleged party organizer was fined with 3,000 euros. Each of the participants was also fined with €300 unnecessary …

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Olympic champion Stefanidi: Gov’t demands athletes pay back medal bonuses

Olympic pole vault champion Katerina Stefanidi is fighting the Greek Government’s demand that she and team mate Paraskevi Papachristou repay medal bonuses earned at the 2016 World Indoor Athletics Championships in Portland in Oregon. The 30-year-old United States-based athlete is concerned that the Greek Ministry of Sport is now excluding …

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Harry Maguire found guilty by court in Syros, gets suspended sentence

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has been given a suspended sentence of 21 months and 10 days in prison after his trial on the Greek island of Syros on Tuesday. The England defender, 27, was found guilty of repeated bodily harm, attempted bribery, violence against public employees and insult after …

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