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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 01 June 2019
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 1 JUNE 2019 25 SPORTS OPINION PanMacedonian Associations of Australia will continue efforts to annul Prespes Agreement The representatives of the PanMacedonian Associations of Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, as a unified front, met in Brisbane on the 25 and 26 May 2019, the first day at the Olympic Football Club and the second at the conference room of the Greek Club and unanimously decided: 1. The PanMacedonian Federation of Australia will continue fighting to annul the treacherous Agreement of Prespes. 2. The name of Macedonia in not negotiable in terms of its use of other ethnic groups, except Greeks. The PanMacedonian Federation of Australia and the member-organisations of the State PanMacedonian Associations condemn the Prespes Agreement and call on the government that will be formed after the elections in Greece to annul or change parts of it so that the term "Macedonia" or "Macedonian" is not used by the neighbour country. 3. The PanMacedonian Federation of Australia and the member-organisations of the State PanMacedonian Associations regard those members of the Parliament of the Hellenes Sun sets behind Lakeside Stadium, Albert Park, one of the most beautiful sports complexes in Melbourne. Representatives of PanMacedonian Associations gathered in Brisbane. who voted in favour of the above agreement as persona non grata in Australia and we affirm we will protest against them if they visit Australia. 4. The PanMacedonian Federation of Australia decided to continue renewing its organisation form, such as: 4.1 To maintain the national presidium with the participation of all the presidents of the state associations. 4.2 To appoint as President of the PanMacedonian Federation of Australia for two years in turn the Presidents of the state PanMacedonian Associations and the same will be in effect for the Secretary and the Treasurer. 4.3 The position of Nation- al Coordinator is to remain as the highest operational office-bearer next to the National Presidium. This position also runs for 2 years and the appointment takes place at the National Conference. 5. The representatives of the member-organisations of the state PanMacedonian Associations elected Mr George Kosmidis from Queensland as the president of the PanMacedonian Federation of Australia, while Peter Jasonides was re-appointed to the position of National Coordinator. The PanMacedonian Association of Queensland further appointed Mr John Symeonides as the Secretary and Mr Dimitri Papagiannis as the Treasurer. Labor neglects Victoria’s multicultural community NEIL ANGUS MP This is the Budget the Labor Party did not want Victoria's multicultural communities to see before the federal election. This year's Multicultural Affairs budget has been cut by $18.5 million representing a 23.81 per cent cut in services and available grants funding for our multicultural communities. Multiculturalism is our State's greatest asset with 28.4 per cent of our population born overseas, coming from over 200 countries, speaking 260 different languages and over more than 130 different faiths. Every year thousands people are making Victoria their home with many migrants coming to our state from a much wider range of countries than in the past. Many of new migrants rely on services provided by so many multicultural commu- Neil Angus MP is concerned about cuts to the multicultural affairs budget. nities to help them transition into their new way of life here in Victoria. Cuts to the Multicultural Affairs budget will make it difficult for many community organisations to continue providing the ongoing support that so many of our new Victorian's desperately need. Victoria is the highest taxing state in Australia and de- spite introducing 20 new taxes since first elected, Daniel Andrews just can't find the money to support our multicultural communities. * Neil Andrew Warwick Angus is a Victorian state politician. He is the Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, Shadow Minister for Consumer Affairs and Shadow Assistant Treasurer. South Melbourne pays tribute to NK founder... but greatness never dies MARY SINANIDIS As the sun faded behind the city skyline, it occurred to me that the South Melbourne (Hellas) game paying tribute to Neos Kosmos founder Takis Gogos was more than just a symbolic act – it was spiritual. His presence could be felt blanketing the cheers of the crowd, and may even have been responsible for that last goal to seal the 3-2 win against the Bentleigh Greens inside the state-of-the-art Lakeside Stadium. The game panned out on Sunday much like the history of the almighty Souths, filled with excitement, close calls and near misses. But it was also more than just a game – it was proof that the greatness that characterised the team during its heyday cannot be quashed regardless of the FFA's tough stance on ethnicity. And as the few diehard fans cheered, it was obvious that the Souths have the potential to attract so many more. The fact that the team's ALeague dreams were quashed despite its strengths has only helped make this deserving team all the more unique. Watching the well-mannered fans ('xilokopos' – woodcutter – was the only 'cuss' word I heard uttered during the game), it became obvious that the team has grown through its tribulations, and all that is left is a story full of ignored potential, missed opportunities, and hopes and dreams that the team will succeed in what some say is a pipe dream. The history of the team and how it has matured, makes every South's game an emotive experience for the fans that continue to show their support despite adversity. As Club chairman Bill Papastergiadis explained the 60-year-history of the team to me, he painted a picture of deafening goals and championships at a time when South Melbourne stood as one of the proudest clubs in Australia. I began to see a resemblance with our own 62-year-history at NK. Indeed, the team and our newspaper had their crescendo at around the same time when Greeks thirsted for ways in which to explore their Grecian identity. They both did much to promote the cause of Greeks in Australia in their own ways. But what was the raison d'etre for the club's very existence was later perceived as a stigma, and it remains a barrier despite the club having dropped "Hellas" from their name. day and age when the past isn't always given due respect. If it were, South Melbourne would be given the FFA recognition it deserves as one of the most successful clubs in Australian football history. They were Oceania Club Cup Winners (1999), FIFA World Club Cup Finalists (2000) and have had a glorious track record playing for kin and country.But the very DNA that makes the club special has also created a Catch-22 situation that stands in the way of progress, because no matter what happens the blue and white team has the spirit of Greece emanating from its pores. As the Lakeside Stadium stood still for a moment of si- We need to ask: What is the best way of dealing with ethnicity in sport and helping teams reach potential without erasing their identity? Indeed, South's story has been as much about multiculturalism as it has been about football, and its exclusion from the A-League raises many questions as to what is the best way to handle ethnicity in sport – and life. We've grown and have developed and in a world that is not stagnant, what was right ten years ago may not be the correct philosophy today. We need to ask: What is the best way of dealing with ethnicity in sport and helping teams reach potential without erasing their identity? The Souths are not lacking when it comes to skills, assets and players. But obviously, a strong history, lofty ideals and passion are not enough in this lence, I could hear the whispers, cries of "Hellas" from the bygone days, rose from the empty seats sighing for the glory days, as if craving justice. I looked at publisher Chris Gogos, sitting beside me, reminiscing his childhood when his father would take him to the game. I wondered if he could also feel the presence of his dad, the man who the Souths were paying tribute that day. As I left the stadium, I thought about the Souths, and how time chisels away at our identity, changing us as we learn from our mistakes. Yes, maybe it is time for the FFA to transcend ethnicity and embrace it rather than shun it.
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