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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-08-17

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  • [01] Traffic measures for return of holidaymakers
  • [02] "We don't want dirty medals"
  • [03] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Traffic measures for return of holidaymakers

    This year's mass exodus on the occasion of the August 15 religious holiday was the greatest in the last few years, while the Greek Police chief has ordered all forces to be on the alert as of Sunday and until next Sunday, August 24, when the biggest wave of holidaymakers is expected to return. Special measures have also been taken at all ports throughout the country.

    Road networks will be controlled in sectors, while restrictions for preventing or extinguishing wildfires will also be taken into consideration since the wildfire protection period is at its peak.

    Sections of motorways at which there is a great frequency in traffic accidents will have an increased police presence.

    Lastly, upgraded measures will be applied at the entrances and exits of major urban centres, airports, ports and stations and traffic policemen will be present at toll gates to provide advice on facilitating traffic.

    [02] "We don't want dirty medals"

    Greek Olympic Committee (EOE) President Minos Kyriakou, speaking to the ANA-MPA at the "Greek Home" in Beijing over the weekend on the occasion of the first positive sample found in a doping test carried out with 400 metres hurdle star Fani Halkia, ,( the second doping case during the current Olympic Games period, said that "we want pure sport, we don't want dirty medals."

    Kyriakou stressed that "what is our philosophy? We want pure sport, we don't want dirty medals. If we can't have fair medals, then we shall have mass sport. Never dirty championship seeking, however. The EOE will continue checks at an even more intensive rate until the phenomenon of those who use substances, cheating their fellow athletes and the Olympic movement is eliminated as much as possible, of course."

    He added that "not all athletes are doped. Sport is not dirty in its entirety. There is the category of those who undermine sport and we are chasing them all the way. The EOE has quadrupled checks and expenditures for doping control. From 2004 until today, and with our own resources, we have spent an amount in excess of half a million euros for doping checks. For the first time, all athletes were subjected to four checks before the Olympic Games."

    Kyriakou also revealed that he will seek re-election for a second four-year tenure in the upcoming elections, while stressing that the EOE will call on the government to enforce stricter penalties for athletes guilty of doping.

    SEGAS announcement

    The Greek athletics federation (SEGAS) issued an announcement on Sunday,in the wake of the new doping case appearing in Greek athletics, expressing its profound regret over the development.

    "SEGAS expresses its profound regret over the new blow dealt at Greek sport and at athletics in particular, with the positive first sample of Athens Olympic Games gold medallist Fani Halkia," the announcement said.

    "In no way can these isolated cases change the overall splendid image of Greek athletics," it went on to say, adding that "unfortunately, it is being proved once again in a very painful way that the struggle against doping is long and difficult."

    The announcement also underlined that the responsibilities of a coach are evident and indisputable and that from now on every positive sample of an athlete will result in the automatic and lifelong termination of every relation between the coach and the federation.

    Caption:ANA-MPA file photo of the President of the Greek Olympic Commitee Minos Kyriakou

    [03] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Sunday edition of Athens' newspapers at a glance

    Political developments in the country, scenarios on early elections, the state of the economy and the crisis in the Caucasus dominated the front pages of Athens' newspapers on Sunday.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "EKAS changing. Plan for 7 instead of 4 income scales".

    APOGEVMATINI: "What is changing in housing loans. The banks were obliged to adjust to new developments".

    AVGHI: "Longterm crisis. American-Russian relations in new phase".

    AVRIANI: "Storm in PASOK over Alex Rondos".

    CHORA: "The shadows of the missiles are covering Europe".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "The dilemmas of Athens in the new 'Cold War'".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Pavlidis affair. The file by prosecutor G. Economou was sent to Parliament but oddly enough it was shelved".

    ETHNOS: "Mammoth offers in real estate market. Unprecedented crisis opens 'windows' to opportunities".

    KATHIMERINI: "The secrets of the Caucasus. Beginning of a new Cold War or a regional crisis of a limited extent?"

    LOGOS: "Benefits with a sense of measure as well as tax measures. Announcements by Karamanlis at the TIF a 'Scottish shower'".

    PROTO THEMA: "Prices on the beach 70% up. Fiasco also with ceiling on oil that they are setting after the...holidays".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Labour rights the target of capital and governments. Internal operational regulations for businesses".

    TO VIMA: "Additional taxes on incomes and property. New categories of taxpayers in the Tax Service's net".

    VRADYNI: "'73,450 hirings as of autumn. All the new jobs that will open in September".

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