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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 18 July 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 18 JULY 2015 31 SPORT Dockerty Final with a Greek flavour FIFA has come under strife of late. PHOTO: EPA/WALTER BIERI. US Senator takes a shot at FIFA Comparing FIFA to the mafia is "almost insulting to the mafia," a US senator said Thursday, turning up the heat on football's corruption-tainted world governing body to reform. Richard Blumenthal made the remark at a Senate subcommittee hearing scrutinising FIFA, after US authorities in May indicted 14 people - including top football officials - over tens of millions of dollars of alleged bribes for media rights contracts. Swiss authorities are also in- vestigating the hugely controversial award of the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 tournament to Qatar. "The fact of the matter is that what has been revealed so far is a mafia-style crime syndicate in charge of this sport," Blumenthal told the subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security. "The only hesitation in using that term is that it is almost insulting to the Mafia because Mafia would never have been so blatant, overt and arrogant in its corruption." Senators on the subcommittee oversee consumer protection, which includes sports. Source: AFP Thanassi Kokkinakis opens Davis Cup Kyrgios also headlines squad which takes on Kazakhstan in Darwin Australia's quarter-final Davis Cup draw against Kazakhstan has been decided courtesy of a five-metre saltwater crocodile. Burt - the beast croc - was responsible for grabbing at dangling chicken meat above him which contained the national flags of Australia and Kazakhstan to decide the order of play. As per the results Thanasi Kokkinakis opened play last night against Mikhail Kukushkin, with Nick Kyrgios set to play Aleksandr Nedovysev. Those matches will then be reversed tomorrow after Sam Groth and Lleyton Hewitt pair up to take on Andrew Golubev and Nedovysev in doubles. Australia is looking to progress through to the semi-finals where it will meet either Britain or France. Source: ABC News South Melbourne and Oakleigh qualify for decider South Melbourne will meet the Oakleigh Cannons in the Dockerty Cup final after both sides tasted victory this week. South Melbourne defeated rival Heidelberg United 2-1 on Wednesday night at Jack Edwards Reserve, whilst the Oakleigh Cannons managed a 2-0 win over Hume City at Olympic Village on Thursday. For South Melbourne it was a case of coming back from 1-0 down after Kaine Sheppard scored for the 'Bergers in the 37th minute. The side left it late but got over the line thanks to two goals from Nick Epifano in the final 15 minutes, including a late pen- alty to seal victory in the 88th minute. On the other side of the draw Oakleigh scored both of its goals early courtesy of Lambros Honos in the 16th minute and Mirjan Pavlovic in the 29th and that's where the scores remained. The final will be held at Lakeside Stadium on Sunday 2 August, with kickoff at 4.00 pm. In other local fixtures this weekend, Northcote City faces the North Geelong Warri- ors today at 3.00 pm at Elcho Park, whilst tomorrow Port Melbourne will take on Werribee City at 3.00 pm at Galvin Park and Heidelberg United takes on the Oakleigh Cannons at 3.00 pm at Olympic Village. The South Melbourne v Hume City game scheduled to be played tomorrow has been postponed until Wednesday 19 August at Lakeside Oval for both the senior (kickoff 8.30 pm) and Under 20s (6.15 pm) sides. South Melbourne celebrating. PHOTO: KOSTAS DEVES. Dreaming of an Olympic berth Young Greek Australian aspiring to break into Australia’s 2020 Olympic team JOHN PYRROS Thanasi Kokkinakis (L), Nick Kyrgios (centre) and Davis Cup captain Wally Masur (R) addressing the media in Darwin during the week. PHOTO: AAP IMAGE/NEDA VANOVAC Aspiring to get onto the world stage, 14-year-old Maria Petrakis is a taekwondo champion with success in the sport beckoning at her feet. With her parents support from the age of seven, Petrakis took to taekwondo and is now training for her chance at Olympic fame at Tokyo 2020. Whilst most people her age are occupied with many of life's pleasures, Petrakis finds her own pleasure in her strict training regime - which includes four days of a combined workout of sparing and speed and two days on the running track. "I've learnt respect, discipline and how to be fit. I love doing it... I feel it [the impacts on the body], but once I'm on the mat I don't feel it any more, it's all adrenalin on the mats. I've learnt how to be stronger in my mind because ... my yiayia gave me that, she was always strong," she said. Perched at number one in her age group nationally, she has been selected to compete at the World Cadet Championships, in Muju, Korea in August after winning the Australian Open in June. Along with her yiayia she finds inspiration from her coach, Nick Tsioulos, who continues to challenge her both psychologically and physically. "He's always been by my side and I've always loved having him coach me. He motivates me, he never gives up on me, he always helps me when I'm doing something wrong and he makes me laugh all the time." Petrakis has already been Maria Petrakis (R) in action. asked to train with the Australian Institute of Sport twice this year, where she was joined by the Thai national team. The determined youngster has set her bar high with the 2020 Olympics and is focused on maintaining her training and fitness. "I'm not going to give up on anything now because I've got massive goals in my head that I want to accomplish. So far this year I've done four compe- titions, that's all of the competitions so far, I've won them all." The level-headed teen maintains her education is her priority - she won't train without having completed all of her studies - where she dreams of one day involving herself with sports science or teaching. The prominent youngster is building a CV which boasts four gold medals and one silver at competitions since December 2014.
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