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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 16 May 2015
SPORT 28 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 16 MAY 2015 Levadiakos relegated Fans gutted to see Levadiakos, Ergotelis, OFI Crete and Niki Volou out of the Super League GEORGE GEORGAKOPOULOS Levadiakos became the last team to get cut from the Super League despite its win on Sunday, as its four-way tie with Veria, Panionios and Panthrakikos reserved for the Livadia club the same fate as Ergotelis, OFI Crete and Niki Volou. The thriller of the final day of the regular season, with one place left open for the relegation line-up, had a dramatic climax, with Panionios holding on for dear life till the very end of its game with PAOK at home. Eventually the Nea Smyrni club managed to end the game at 0-0 despite playing with only 10 men in the last half-hour. The meant that Levadiakos's 2-0 win at Ergotelis was not enough for Akis Mantzios' team to stay up. Panthrakikos completed a fantastic run-in, adding a 2-0 triumph in front of a capacity crowd at Komotini over neighbouring Xanthi to victories at Veria and over Panathinaikos. Veria, that had no relegation concerns, lost 2-0 at Panetolikos. Champion Olympiakos drew 1-1 at Platanias, as Olympiakos' Franco Jara equalised an own goal by Tasos Avlonitis. Panathinaikos took advantage of PAOK's draw and grabbed Levadiakos coach Akis Mantzios. the second spot of the regular season via a 3-1 home win over PAS Giannina. Viktor Klonaridis opened the score, Brana Ilic equalised for PAS, before two goal by Nikos Karelis and Tasos Lagos for the Greens. Atromitos grabbed a point PHOTO: KATHIMERINI. at Kalloni (1-1) and Asteras Tripolis downed Kerkyra 2-0 at home. The four teams to enter the playoffs are Panathinaikos with two points, PAOK with two, Asteras with one and Atromitos with no points. Greek track and field athletes face budget problems The Greek government has chopped track and field funding by 35 per cent The Greek Amateur Track and Field Federation (SEGAS) warned that the reduction of state funds may lead to their athletes not participating in international competition. The federation said that it would curb operating costs and even reduce the cost of organising the annual classic marathon race. "SEGAS fully understands the particularly difficult situation our country is facing. Overall, the Greek sport’s federation has seen a 50 per cent decrease in funding. PHOTO: AAP/DAVE HUNT. But we have to emphasise that our limits and possibilities to operate have been exhausted," the statement said. The federation said that the government has chopped 35 per cent of the state fund for SEGAS this year. The financial crisis in the country has led to the General Secretariat of Sports mak- ing drastic cuts in subsidies to sports federations over the last few years. Last year the government gave only 11.2 million euros to the country's sports federations, a 50 per cent decrease from the previous year. SEGAS received 2.3 million euros last year, a 67 per cent drop from 2013. "The particularly reduced state subsidy for SEGAS, combined with the fact that up to now we have not received a single cent for 2015, has created huge problems for the functioning of track and field in Greece," the federation said. SEGAS noted that training has stopped for some athletes as coaches have not been paid and suppliers of the federation have had long delays in being paid as well. The federation said that sponsors have covered to date tax and insurance obligations as well as obligations towards their employees. "The sponsorship revenue has ensured a minimum level of operation only," the statement said. Source: AFP ‘PAOK is free’ after clearing tax bill PAOK owner pays 10 million euros back to Greek state PAOK's overhanging tax debt to the Greek state has been erased as the club's owner Ivan Savvidis deposited 10.8 million euros to the Thessaloniki Tax Authority (FAE). All relevant documents and the money were deposited this week, clearing the club of any tax burdens - the first Super League club to do so. The club said in a statement that they are finally "free" and called the day "historic". "As of today, the nightmare of debts is in the past because the club's major shareholder, Ivan Savvidis, has successfully repaid the debts." PAOK hopes the debt free record will help them get on track with regenerating the club and put more money where it's needed. Ivan Savvidis at the Thessaloniki Tax Authority. PHOTO: PAOKTV. Thanasis Antetokounmpo (L) with brother Giannis in Athens this week. PHOTO: GREEKREPORTER.GR In another disappointing result, Daniel Ricciardo finished seventh in the Spanish Grand Prix Red Bull has declared its Formula One season a writeoff and urged engine partner Renault to throw caution to the wind and focus more on speed than reliability. Australian Daniel Ricciardo finished seventh in the Spanish Grand Prix while Russian Daniil Kvyat was 10th but both were lapped. The performance gap with Mercedes also appeared to have widened, even if all of the Renault-engined cars finished the race for a change. "I think it is a positive that DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Red Bull season a write-off we got four engines to the finish without any white smoke, so it's a step forward from where we have been in previous races," said team principal Christian Horner. "Reliability seems to have been a step forward, so the focus desperately needs to turn to performance before too long." Horner said Renault knew what the deficit was to Mercedes but was nervous about pushing too hard and compromising reliability. "I think we are so far on the back foot with reliability anyway that, to be honest with you, this year is pretty much a write-off. You have just got to go for it, even if you end up using 20 engines," Horner said. Source: Reuters Red Bull has been having huge problems with reliability. PHOTO: AP/ANDRES KUDACKI. Antetokounmpo brothers return to Greece Greek NBA basketball players Giannis and Thanasis Antetokounmpo have come back to their home town to play in a special game for local fans. Milwaukee Bucks player Giannis Antetokounmpo flew back to Greece just two days after his team's playoffs, relishing the chance to come back to his old neighborhood of Sepolia, Athens. "I will always miss my neighbourhood," Giannis said. "Just two days after the playoffs and I am back here. That says everything." Currently a player for the Westchester Knicks of the NBA Development League, Thanasis Antetokounmpo was amazed at the crowd that gathered to see the two spar. "We didn't expect so many people to show up. We believed that just our close friends would be on the court. We will try to do this every summer." The brothers played at the Triton open-air basketball court, the court they first played at as children.
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