Spetses has always been an interesting blend of cosmopolitan lifestyle and strong naval tradition. Spetses Classic Yacht Race 2013, which took place on the island from June 13 to 16, was a unique opportunity to experience this distinct character in all its grandeur. A fleet of 65 wooden sailboats, of all different sizes, shapes and types of sails, with crews from several continents, marked their course on the Saronic Gulf, swishing through the waves. Among them, ex-king Konstantinos’ Afroessa, captained by Olympics champion Sofia Bekatorou, Ai Giorgis with the “Freedom or Death” motto stamped on its sails and winning Alexandra of Corfu.
On May 24-26, nearly 2,000 youngsters representing, a record, thirty-seven parishes, ages 7-18 participated in the 32nd Annual Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago Junior Olympics. Parishes from Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Missouri, Iowa, and Minnesota were all represented during this event of Christian Athletic Fellowship.
ATHENS (AP)— Defender Avraam Papadopoulos has been dropped from Greece's national team due to lingering injury problems ahead of a June 7 World Cup qualifier against Lithuania. Greece coach Fernando Santos said Friday that the 28-year-old Olympiakos central defender would likely be replaced by an experienced teammate like Costas Katsouranis or Loukas Vyntra, while the side is set to be dominated by overseas players spared from Greece's grueling annual league playoffs.
The Southwest Peloponnese is set to welcome its first international mountain bike race on October 11-13 2013. The “Navarino Bike Festival” will be an ideal way to explore the rich countryside, giving both professional and amateur cyclists another reason to visit the region and experience the diverse landscape.
ATHENS (AP)—Olympiakos won a record 26th Greek Cup when it beat Asteras 3-1 in extra time in a bad-tempered final on Saturday. Djamel Abdoun scored a goal and assisted on another as Olympiakos achieved the league-cup double for a 16th time.
ATHENS, Greece (AP)—AEK Athens' home game against relegation rival Panthrakikos in the Greek league was abandoned on Sunday after its fans stormed the pitch when the visitors took a 1-0 lead in the 87th minute.
ATHENS (AP) —AEK Athens chairman Andreas Dimitrelos has been arrested over unpaid taxes by the Greek club worth (euro) 170 million ($219.5 million). The 54-year-old Dimitrelos was in police custody on Thursday and is due to testify before an inquiring magistrate on Friday.
MOSCOW (AP)—Dropping wrestling from the Olympics would not sit well with Vladimir Putin. The Russian president says it would be "unjustified'' to remove traditional sports from the Olympics.
GOTEBORG, Sweden (AP) —Results Sunday from the European Athletics Indoor Championships (all distances in meters):
1. Pavel Maslak, Czech Republic, 45.66. 2. Nigel Levine, Britain, 46.21. 3. Pavel Trenikhin, Russia, 46.70. 4. Volodymyr Burakov, Ukraine, 46.79. 5. Michael Bingham, Britain, 46.81. 6. Richard Strachan, Britain, 47.02. 800
1. Adam Kszczot, Poland, 1:48.69. 2. Kevin Lopez, Spain, 1:49.31. 3. Mukhtar Mohammed, Britain, 1:49.60. 4. Anis Ananenka, Belarus, 1:49.61. 5. Taras Bybyk, Ukraine, 1:50.38. 6. Luis Alberto Marco, Spain, 1:51.69. 1,500