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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 10 August 2019
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 10 AUGUST 2019 27 SPORT winners WINNERS NICK KYRGIOS This is a name that is usually included in our ‘sinners’ segment. But the Canberra-born tennis player proved beyond a shred of a doubt during the Washington Open that when he sets his mind to it, there aren’t many that can stand in his way. Case in point, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev, both within the top-10 of the world rankings, who were brushed aside on his way to winning the sixth trophy of his tumultuous career. Hopefully he can keep this up with the US Open rapidly approaching. ADELAIDE OLYMPIC The Greek club of South Australia is constantly making headlines with its accomplishments both on and off the pitch. Its recent string of success both in the FFA Cup (where they defeated fellow Greek side Floreat Athina in a game that will be forever among SINNERS FOOTBALL IN AUSTRALIA When does the A-League begin? Who will play against whom? Is it now an independent organisation or is it still under the FFA’s umbrella? Will there be a second division with promotion/relegation or will it be an entirely new competition consisted of the greatest (either on the pitch or in the... financial department) clubs Australia has to offer? All these are questions that remain unanswered as football continues to remain divided in the country between those that seem to stick closer to the business model (ALeague) and those that want to invest in the heart of the sport: its history (NPL). As long as that division remains and there is no unity, we will all be losers. BEN SIMMONS The most highly paid athlete in Australia has recently made a lot of enemies on home soil. His decision to sign a new contract with the 76ers provided him with an excessive $AU242 sinners & by alex anyfantis Just as every week, we choose the Winners and Sinners of Greek and Australian sport From Kyrgios’ success to the let down of Ben Simmons the highlights of the competition) and in their respective NPL (where they took down the play-off champion, Campbelltown City) has turned all eyes of football fans in Australia, while their partnership with Greek champions PAOK provided the club with international recognition. Things are looking up at the VALO Sporting Centre and hopefully they can keep going that way. GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO Being named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) is a huge honour, and that is not lost on Giannis Antetokounmpo, who was visibly emotional during his acceptance speech. Despite the win and his ever-growing status in the United States, the ‘Greek Freak’ hasn’t forgotten his roots. In a recent interview the Milwaukee Bucks forward said that he would be willing to give up his MVP win for Greece to win gold at the upcoming FIBA Basketball World Cup in China, proving that his love for his birth country is as strong as ever. “I would exchange the MVP title for the gold medal in China,” Antetokounmpo said. Kicking off on 31 August, Antetokounmpo will be the highest profile player competing, as well as the first MVP to ever compete. It will be a familiar affair at the World Cup, with Giannis joined by his two brothers, Thanasis and Kostas on the national team. Peter Kostopoulos after a successful karate tournament. PHOTOS: SUPPLIED Meet the 15-year-old Greek Australian karate champion ranked number one in Australia Peter Kostopoulos has his sights set on the World Championships in Chile this October. But talent alone may not be enough to get him there ALEX ANYFANTIS There's no denying Peter Kostopoulos' passion for karate. He took his first steps onto the tatami mat when he was just five years old, practising his mawashi geri (round house kick) - he was in his element. Over the years he kept up his training and started to compete in local tournaments to gain experience and improve on his skills. By the age of 10 he had become a member of the Victorian State team, going on to win the bronze medal in the 2014 Victorian State Championships. Peter's impressive performance earned him a spot in the Australian Karate Federation National Championships 12 months later, where he won another bronze medal before going on to win the gold in Victoria. This would only be the beginning of Peter's many great achievements, as he has since become a regular in the State and National Competitions, with his name more often than not showing up in the final rounds. Ben Simmons is not the most popular figure right now... million for five years, yet this meant he would need to stay out of Australia’s squad for the upcoming FIBA World Cup. This came after several posts on his social media where he was pointing out his anticipation to represent the “yellow-and-gold” at the tournament. As if that wasn’t enough, he also withdrew from the highly advertised friendly fixture that is to be held in a few weeks in Melbourne against the USA team, leading many angry fans to demand for a refund after what was eventually revealed to be false advertising regarding his appearance in the squad. His allegations of racial profiling toward the security members of the Crown Casino seem to be the cherry on top of the 23-year-old’s downward spiral. But it was in 2017 when his career really took off, winning gold in all but one of the Victorian and two National competitions. In 2018 his pursuit of karate took him abroad. As an official member of the Australian National Karate Team he competed in a number of tournaments internationally, including the Oceania Championships in Auckland, New Zealand where he placed second. Currently ranked number one in the male cadets division in Australia, and seventh internationally, Peter now has his sights on the World Champi- onships in Santiago, Chile being held in October. But if he is to get there, he will need help. Peter's parents claim that while it has been an incredible joy to watch their son's steady progress into becoming the best athlete of his age group in Australia, it hasn't been without its challenges, especially when it comes to financially supporting him to follow his dreams. His success has meant constant travel, accommodation, equipment and a host of other needs, all costs that have fallen on the family alone. It's true that karate is a difficult career path to fund. The sport only receives State and Federal funding for athletes of the highest level in the men's and women's division, and that's provided that stringent conditions are met, and even then the amount is minuscule compared to the support other sports receive. To help their son carry on with his dream of becoming a World Champion, Peter's father Ilias Kostopoulos is putting out an open invitation to anyone who would like to discuss a sponsorship opportunity. "The financial support would help enormously and will be greatly appreciated," Mr Kostopoulos told Neos Kosmos. Those who would like to know more about how to help Peter Kostopoulos make it to the World Championships can contact firstname.lastname@example.org The 15-year-old shows off his trophies.
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