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Athens News Agency: News in English, 05-07-08

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] PM satisfied with sports sector reforms
  • [02] Security measures in Greece adequate, spokesman says

  • [01] PM satisfied with sports sector reforms

    Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis on Friday expressed his satisfaction with the progress of reforms in the sports sector, following his same-day meeting with Deputy Sports Minister George Orfanos.

    Other issues up for discussion included Greece's candidacy for the 2009 world swimming championship and the Euro football championship in 2012, along with a draft bill envisioning stricter measures against fan hooliganism.

    Asked about the controversial issue of including Greek first division football matches in direct betting pools, Orfanos reiterated that a study is underway to allow their inclusion as of this season (beginning in September) in tandem with another two or three matches of foreign clubs.

    He also said the study will examine issues of incompatibility of contract-holders (namely, the Intralot company) with sports clubs' ownership.

    [02] Security measures in Greece adequate, spokesman says

    The government reacted with concerted actions following Thursday's terrorist attacks in London, alternate government spokesman Evangelos Antonaros said Friday, replying to a question on whether the government intended to take additional security measures in Greece.

    During a regular press briefing, Antonaros said that all the necessary measures have been taken, adding that Greece was safe.

    He further said that the measures were adequate for the safety of the country's citizens and tourists.


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