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A fault start and surrealistic scenes put the beginning of the Basketball Championship of Greece

24 October 2010 / 20:10:04  GRReporter
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With a false start and surreal scenes started the Basketball Championship in Greece. Scenes, which "decorated" the pitches during the three games, competed against each other. The first bad news came shortly before the beginning of the match between Aris and Olympiakos. Before the match the yellow team had agreed with the players of Olympiakos for a general strike. Guests, however, ultimately decided to compete. During the game between teams of Kavala and Ilisiakos on the other hand there was also a fight between the police and the players who declared a strike. After a hot prelude the match still took place and Kavala and Olipmiakos scored easy victories respectively against the teams of Ilisiakos and Aris.

The parody of sports continued in OAKA Olympic Centre in Athens. The sight of an empty hall during the first game of the greens at home seriously disturbed the coach of Panathinaikos, Zelimir Obradovic. After the game of Panathinaikos with the team PAOK, the Serb said the fault for what is happening to basketball is "eveybody’s". "I regret that we got here to this situation which is bad for everyone. This should have been a match played in front of our fans, but they gave the best answer... All of us from the basketball world are to be blamed for the situation. Because it is not since yesterday, the players have requests since last year..." – commented Obradovic on the fatal start. The match between Panathinaikos and PAOK really resembled more of a bad dream than of a sports game. "I can not understand how my colleague was able to play with 5 players. I know how serious person he is and how difficult it was to fight as they would like... I wish PAOK success. For the first time I see such a thing... Obradovic urged to find solution to the situation as quickly as possible, whether it will come from the state, from the Basketball Federation or from the Union of professional basketball players.

The coach of PAOK, Sulis Markopulos is seriously worried about the state of his team. "The championship did not start in good conditions. Panathinaikos is an organized team playing good basketball, it has been strengthened by this years additions, and showed with its victory in Europe, it was ready. We came out of rhythm very early. Starting from the locker room. Even if the team was a full it could not deal with Panathinaikos. Let's hope that at the next game things will be different."

Tags: Championship Greece strikes Panathinaikos Aris PAOK Olympiakos sport basketball
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