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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 16 April 2016
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 16 APRIL 2016 25 SPORT Greek gymnast Eleftherios Petrounias performs in the rings competition during the men’s apparatus final at the European Artistic Gymnastic Championships in Montpellier, France. PHOTO: EPA/IAN LANGSDON. Greek gymnast to commence Olympic torch relay World-champion gymnast Eleftherios Petrounias has been bestowed with the honour of starting the torch relay for this year's Summer Olympics. According to the Los Angeles Times, the flame will commence its journey late next week at a ceremony in Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games, making its way to the final destination of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. An actress will play the role of the High Priestess of the Goddess Hera and will adhere to tradition by igniting the flame with the sun's rays and a parabolic mirror, before finally handing it to Petrounias. "The lighting of the flame links the ancient and modern civilisations," said Spyros Capralos, president of the Hellenic Olympic Committee. Petrounias will then pass the flame to former Brazilian volleyball player Giovane Gavio, with the relay scheduled to reach Brazil early next month. It will then ceremoniously pass through hundreds of small towns and cities before arriving at the Games’ opening ceremony on 5 August. Heidelberg snaps up Gymnopoulos Greek teams avoid ‘soccer Grexit’ GEORGE STOGIANNOU Heidelberg United has snapped up discarded Northcote City coach Alex Gymnopoulos , appointing him as the new senior technical director of football at the club. His appointment sees him return to the club of his youth where he played in the 1980s. It also reunites him with former teammates George Katsakis and Jeff Olver. "I'm ecstatic. Alex and I have grown up together," Heidelberg senior coach George Katsakis said of Gymnopoulos' appointment. "We're cousins and obviously I don't want that to get in the middle of it. But I think it's a great appointment. His foot- balling ability in identifying especially young and raw talent is exceptional and that's going to contribute to much of his role in terms of directing the U18s and onwards. "Heidelberg is a big club with a lot of pressures. Game pressures where we need to be winning games. Probably, the emphasis for myself and Jeff is put into getting a results-driven club. So I think having someone like Alex is going to help us in the development of some good young talent, that we don't have to go out looking for and bring from interstate and overseas, but that we can have in our own back yard," said Katsakis. While Heidelberg has welcomed one former player The Hawthorn Spartans put Prahran Assumption to the sword last weekend with a resounding 58-point win. The new and improved 2016 version of the Spartans gave an impressive performance from the beginning back to the club, it's believed that moves are underfoot to secure the services of another in the form of former ace striker Dan Heffernan, after A-League club Central Coast Mariners announced earlier this week that his contract would not be renewed beyond the recently-finished season. Heffernan made seven league appearances for the Mariners in 2015/16 season after signing from Heidelberg at the end of last season. So what are the chances of him returning to the village? Coach Katsakis was only willing to say: "We've had a chat. I can't say any more. Certainly the chances are very high." of the game, finishing the first half with a 26-point lead. The team continued its great form and free- flowing football throughout the second half, running Prahran Assumption off its legs and FIFA and its European branch UEFA have threatened Greece with the expulsion of all its clubs and the Greek national football team from all international competitions following violent episodes among fans in early March. Last Tuesday Greece and FIFA reached an agreement to restart the Greek Cup, as announced by the president of the Cyprus Football Association (CFA), Costakis Koutsokoumnis. "We have reached an agreement, there is a commitment to begin the Greek Cup again," he stated after his meeting with Greek Deputy Sports Minister Stavros Kontonis and Greek FA president Giorgos Girtzikis. Kontonis had previously cancelled the Greek Cup, which had reached the semifinal stage, for fear of turmoil, despite the Greek FA's opposition. "The matches may be held outside Athens, perhaps without spectators or perhaps with only schoolchildren in the stands. This will be decided on by Friday between Mr Kontonis and the FA," Koutsokoumnis added. According to AFP reports, foreign referees may be called in for the two semifinal matches and the pending final. The Socceroos coach also commented on the news, expressing his relief FIFA and the Greek FA had resolved their dispute, which could have kept Greece’s national team from the two friendlies in Australia in June. “It would have been a disaster if we didn’t get those two games, vital to preparing for September’s qualifiers,” Ange Postecoglou told The Sydney Morning Herald. “It would have left a mas- sive hole in our calendar. Greece is rebuilding its side but has still got real quality in the team. I’m hoping to see massive crowds and to give our players a taste for what’s ahead. I always knew it would get sorted out, us Greeks always like to leave it late.” finishing the game with 16 goals scored from 10 individual goal kickers. Goal kickers: N.Gieschen 2, J. Farah 2, A. Demetriou 2, D. Korlos 2, C. Pana 2, N.Criticos 2, R. Poulakis 1, A. Mitropoulos 1, A. Mok 1, T. Barber 1 Best players: A very even team performance. Hawthorn Spartans takes on St Francis Xavier at home (Rathmines Road Reserve) at 11.40 am next Saturday.
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