Sunday, 19 May 2024
Paris
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During the event, which was attended by representatives of dozens of countries and a large crowd, a message was broadcast from the Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, while the French Minister of Sports and Olympic Games, Amelie Oudea-Kastera, as well as the Greek Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Giorgos Kotsiras, were present. . The event closed with a concert by the Greek composer Dimitris Papadimitriou. Welcoming the event, Mr. Mitsotakis said that it is an initiative that has the character of an appeal in favor of the ideas of Olympism, human dignity, democracy and peace. Unfortunately, as he noted, this global celebration, which is the Olympic Games, is affected today more than ever by war and violence, the climate crisis, intense divisions and social inequalities. At these critical moments, the Olympic Games call us to reflect on the fundamental principles of Olympism, the ones that inspired two enlightened personalities of the 19th century, the French humanist Pierre de Coubertin and the Greek intellectual Dimitris Vikelas, to proceed in 1896 with the revival of the Olympic Games , promoting the values ​​of peace, tolerance, solidarity and respect, as underlined by the Greek Prime Minister, pointing out that the Olympic Truce is at the heart of these values. He emphasized that the Olympic Truce can become a global vision for a better future without racial and religious discrimination, without gender discrimination, without violence and with more dignity and solidarity. "Let's call today from here, from the headquarters of UNESCO, to all warring parties to lay down their arms during the Olympic Games," concluded the Greek Prime Minister. "The Olympic Truce served the great ideals expressed by the Olympic Games: Competition with ethics and respect for the opponent. Respect for effort and human dignity", said Mr. Koumoutsakos, welcoming the event, noting that "our troubled times need all these ideals". According to him, the flame started its journey from ancient Olympia, where three thousand years ago the Greeks not only conceived but also put into practice the idea of ​​the Olympic Truce. As he added, the goal was to ensure the safety and care of athletes and spectators in a peaceful environment. For his part, Mr. Kotsiras, during his speech at the ceasefire event at UNESCO, underlined that "in a time of intense uncertainty, with two wars raging in our wider region, in Ukraine and the Middle East, the Olympic ideals of mutual respect, team spirit and peaceful coexistence continue to be a compass to a better world." "The idea of ​​the Olympic Truce and the need to observe it remains more relevant and more urgent than ever. As the Olympic Flame has already arrived from Greece and is traveling from city to city in France, a symbol of unity and friendship between peoples, we appeal for a cessation of hostilities around the world during the Olympic Games. Guided by the values ​​of Olympism, let's take a first hopeful step towards peace", concluded the Hellenic Foreign Minister.
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Rome
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The leading Greek tennis player and No. 8 in the World Ranking comfortably prevailed with 6-1, 6-2 against the Australian Alex De Minor in the "16" of the tournament and got the "ticket" for the 8, where he will face the 28-year-old Chilean and No. 24 in the world , Nicolas Jarry, who earlier eliminated Alexander Miller 7-5, 6-3. One hour was enough for the Greek champion to break De Minor's resistance. Cashing in on his concentration, Tsitsipas easily took the first set 6-1, while without losing his pace in the second, he cut the thread of the finish first with 6-2. With tonight's success, Tsitsipas celebrated his eleventh victory in twelve meetings with the Australian.
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Kobe
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The 5th largest city in Japan, the port of Kobe is ready to host over 1000 athletes, from 104 countries. At the "Kobe Universiade Memorial Stadium" 168 new para-world champions will be crowned, in an event that is held for the first time in the same year, a few months before the Paralympic Games in Paris.   The Greek delegation that will take part in the event consists of 19 athletes (16 men and 3 women) who will give their own "battle" and depart tomorrow (Tuesday, 14/5) for the city of Japan. Tania Keramyda (F55/56) is the one who "opens" the entries, in the discus qualifier, on the first day of the games (Friday, 17/5, at 11:15 a.m. Japan time, 05:15 a.m. Greek time). The efforts of the Greek sportsmen and women will be watched by the president of EOAM-AmAA and head of the delegation Ioanna Karyofyllis, who is traveling next Friday (17/5) to Japan and Kobe.  
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Doha
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The "golden" Olympian of the length "flew" at 8.36m. in his sixth and last attempt, with wind within the permissible limits (1.9). Throughout the competition there was a strong favorable wind, which Jamaican Cary McLeod took advantage of to jump 8.52m. and take first place. Tedoglou's jumps were 8.15m, void, 7.72m, 8.26m, 8.34m and 8.36m. This was his best premiere since 8.60m. which he had noted in May 2021. Katerina Stefanidis in her first race of the season in the pole vault exceeded 4.63m. with the third attempt and took fifth place in the race. The first place in the pole vault was taken by the British Mali Conderry with 4.73 meters.
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Marseille
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It was the first leg of an 11-week journey across the country for the torch, which will be carried by about 10,000 bearers as it passes through more than 450 towns until the Games’ opening ceremony in Paris on July 26. Former soccer player Basile Boli, who played with the Marseille team in the 1990s, kicked off Thursday’s relay from the Notre Dame de la Garde basilica that overlooks Marseille and the Mediterranean. “I’m very proud,” Boli said. “You feel like you’re on top of the world, because with an Olympic flame there’s a special fervor. … It’s the symbol of sport!”   Basketball player Tony Parker later took his turn in the relay, praising “a great honor.” On a nearby crowded beach, swimmers and sunbathers cheered the torch bearers as the flame passed. “The enthusiasm of Marseille for the flame is phenomenal,” Maurice Genevois, a local resident, said. “Honestly, I have rarely seen such a celebration.” Magali Evrard, who came from the town of Martigues, in Marseille’s region, said “it’s been so long since we started talking about this and now we’re in it! “We are on the road to Paris. We can’t wait, it’s great,” she added. A fencing champion, a skateboarder, a Michelin-starred chef and a comedian were also chosen to carry the flame on Thursday. “Let’s go for a fantastic celebration,” said Tony Estanguet, president of the Paris Olympics organizing committee. “The Games are back in our country. … Let’s share this fantastic moment of celebration with millions of people in the country.” Participants were scheduled to run all day past landmarks in the city to bring the torch to the roof of the famed Stade Vélodrome, home to Marseille’s passionate soccer fans. Ivory Coast’s Didier Drogba, a former star player for the Marseille club, was the last torchbearer of the day and lit the Olympic cauldron just outside the stadium. Sports Minister Amélie Oudéa-Castéra said “it’s fantastic to give that sense of pride to the French people and to show to the whole world what we’re capable to achieve.” “’We’re going to give happiness to the whole world,” she added. Torchbearers included Ukrainian gymnast Mariia Vysochanska, who won 2 gold medals at the 2020 European Championships and competed at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Her inclusion was an expression of solidarity with Ukraine as well as a symbolic gesture to mark Europe Day, which falls on May 9 each year. Vysochanska led a group of 27 other athletes who represent all European Union member states. “It’s a way to really celebrate Europe, its values and also to demonstrate our attachment to the European sport model,” Oudéa-Castéra said. Ukraine received the green light last year to start accelerated talks on joining the EU. “[Ukrainians] face that terrible war of aggression, and we want to really express that we support them the best we can,” she added. “This is unity. This is hope. This is solidarity. And we want their victory.” Marseille on Wednesday celebrated with great fanfare the flame’s arrival, with more than 230,000 people attending the ceremony in the Old Port, according to the city’s mayor, Benoît Payan. During the Games, the sailing competition and some soccer matches will be held in Marseille.
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Marseille
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More than 150,000 people are expected to attend the ceremony after a six-hour parade of the three-masted Belem, which left Greece on April 27 with the flame after it was lit in Ancient Olympia 11 days earlier. The ship was awaited by 1,024 boats. Around 6,000 law enforcement officers are securing the area before Florent Manaudou, France’s 2012 Olympic men’s 50 metres freestyle swimming champion, brings the flame to land shortly after 1730 GMT in the presence of President Emmanuel Macron. Police canine units and elite forces snipers have also been deployed. “It’s an unprecedented level of security,” Interior minister Gerald Darmanin said. “Life goes on in Marseille but in great security conditions. “We conceived this event as a ceremony, the fifth of the Paris 2024 Olympics and Paralympics (on top of the opening and closing ceremonies,” said Paris 2024 executive director Thierry Reboul who is in charge of ceremonies. “Marseille is the ideal spot to create memories.” Florent Manaudou, France’s 2012 Olympic men’s 50 metres freestyle swimming champion, will light the cauldron shortly after 1730 GMT in the presence of President Emmanuel Macron. That will be followed by a free rap concert on a floating stage in front of 45,000 spectators. The relay will start on Thursday with former Olympique de Marseille soccer players Jean-Pierre Papin, Didier Drogba and Basile Boli, as well as three-star chef Alexandre Mazzia among the torch bearers. More than 10,000 people will take part in the torch relay before the flame reaches Paris and is installed near the Louvre, in the Jardin des Tuileries. The Olympic Opening Ceremony will take place on the River Seine on July 26.
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Badosa wrote on social media Sunday that the pair “decided to amicably part ways” after being a couple since last year. “We have shared a journey filled with love and learning, and it is as friends with immense mutual respect that we now choose to move forward on our own paths,” Badosa posted. “We are grateful for the support of our friends, family, and all who have been part of our story. As we transition into this new chapter of our lives, we continue to wish each other nothing but the best in all our endeavors.” Badosa is a 26-year-old who was born in New York City but represents Spain and has been ranked as high as No. 2. She is currently No. 101 after a series of injuries that have limited her tournament appearances lately. Her record is 6-9 this season. The best Grand Slam showing of Badosa’s career was a run to the quarterfinals at the 2021 French Open. “The tennis level is there, but I need to recover emotionally,” Badosa said after a first-round loss at the Madrid Open on April 24 in her most recent match. “Every week is a disappointment. I’ve been at the top and it’s tough to see myself at the bottom right now.” Tsitsipas also dropped his first match in Madrid, although he did win the Monte Carlo Masters and was the runner-up at the Barcelona Open before that. He is a 25-year-old from Greece who has been ranked as high as No. 3 and is now No. 7. Tsitsipas twice has been a finalist at Grand Slam tournaments, finishing as the runner-up to 24-time major title winner Novak Djokovic both times — at the 2021 French Open and at the 2023 Australian Open.
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Athens
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The historic sailboat is expected to arrive in Marseille on May 8, from where the torch relay will begin throughout France, until the opening ceremony of the top event, scheduled for July 26. Belem was built in 1896, the year of the first modern Olympic Games! Its arrival in Marseille, a city founded by the Greeks around 600 BC, is expected on May 8, while before that, the historic ship will travel through the Corinth Canal, a 19th-century engineering feat built with the contribution of French banks and engineers.  Upon its entry into the old port of Marseille, it will be accompanied by 1024 vessels. Simultaneously, recreational activities will take place. The next day will mark the start of the Olympic relay race in the city, with scheduled stops at the Basilica of Notre-Dame de la Garde and the Stade Vélodrome.  Then it will cross the country, "visiting" the Antilles and French Polynesia, and will arrive in Paris, where the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games will take place, scheduled from July 26 to August 11. The Olympic Flame was lit on April 16 in Ancient Olympia and was handed over on Friday to the French organizers during a special ceremony at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens.
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Athens
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Specifically, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., there will be gradual suspensions of vehicular traffic, as well as a ban on stopping and parking on the following avenues and streets, in the area of the Municipalities of Marathon - N. Makris, Rafina - Pikermiou, Pallini - Geraka - Anthousa, Agia Paraskevi, Chalandrio and Psychiko - Filothei, as follows:     - Marathonomachon-Agias Paraskevi, in the section between the Tomb of Marathon and L. Marathonos, during the hours 08.00 - 09.30.     - Marathonos Street, in the section between Marathonomachon-Agia Paraskevi Street and Dionysos Street, during the hours 09.30 - 10.30.     - Marathonos Street, in the section between Dionysos Street and Aeroporia Street, during the hours 09.30 - 10.30.     - L. Marathonos, in the section between Aeroporia and Al. Flemig, during the hours 10.30 - 13.00.     - L. Marathonos, in the section between the streets Al. Fleming and St. Christoforou (Pikermiou - Marathon Road), during the hours 13.00 - 14.00.     - Marathonos Street, in the section between Ag. Christoforou (Pikermiou - Marathon Street) and Ag. Dimitriou (Eu. Poulaki), during the hours 14.00 - 14.30.     - Marathonos Street, in the section between Ag. Dimitriou (Ev. Poulaki) and Ethn. Resistance, during the hours 14.30 - 16.00.     - Marathonos Street, in the section between Ethnon Streets. Antistasos and Klisthenos, during the hours 16.00 - 17.00.     - Mesogeion St., in the section between Klisthenos and Chalandriou streets, during the hours of 16.00 - 17.30.     - Mesogeion St., in the section between Demokratia St. (Department of National Defense) and Chalandriou St., during the hours of 17.30 - 18.00.     - Mesogeion Avenue, in the section between Demokratia Avenue and Cyprus Street (Main entrance of the Ministry of National Defense), during the hours 18.00-18.30.     In addition, vertical crossing of vehicles will not be allowed along the route of said course, except at the following controlled vertical crossing nodes: - L. Marathonos & Dionysos. - L. Marathon & Aeroporias. - L. Marathonos & Al. Flemig (Rafina Junction). - L. Marathonos & Kyanis Aktis. - L. Marathonos & Ag. Christoforou (Crossroads of Pikermio). - L. Marathonos & Ag. Dimitriou (St. Poulaki - Monoxia Crossroads). - L. Marathon & Ethn. Resistance (Crossroads of Pallini). - Marathonos Street & Lavriou Street - Klisthenos (Stavrou Junction). - Mesogeion & Chalandrio Streets (Ag. Paraskevi Square). - Mesogeion St. & Dimokratis St. (Pentagon). The Hellenic Police appeals to drivers for better service and to avoid additional traffic problems, to avoid the passage of their vehicles on the above streets, avenues and squares during the mentioned time intervals.  
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Ancient Olympia
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Just outside the site of the ancient Olympic Games, hooting owls break the nighttime silence at a white marble monument containing what’s left of a singular Frenchman’s heart. Baron Pierre de Coubertin was the driving force behind the modern Olympics, and as head of the International Olympic Committee oversaw the last Games to be held in Paris, exactly 100 years ago. On Tuesday, the flame that will burn at this summer’s Olympics — the French capital’s third — is to be lit among the ruined temples and sports venues of Olympia in southern Greece. The 5th century B.C. temple of Zeus in ancient Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games, is seen under the stars, early Tuesday, April 9, 2024 in a night-time image made following special permission by the Culture Ministry. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris) And its first stop on the relay that culminates in the July 26 opening ceremony will be at this cypress-ringed memorial to Coubertin, where the torchbearer will light an altar in his honor. That happens at every lighting ceremony, but this year it will have a special resonance, according to Spyros Capralos, head of the Greek national Olympic committee. “We pay respect to the (monument) of Coubertin every time ... the flame goes first there,” Capralos told The Associated Press. “And now, 2,800 years after the first Olympic Games, we are happy that the (Games) are returning to Paris, birthplace of Pierre de Coubertin.” The French aristocrat’s efforts, inspired by the ancient games and his wish to invigorate a contemporary sports culture, led to the inaugural modern Games being staged in Athens in 1896. The seat Coubertin used at the renovated ancient marble stadium in the Greek capital is still preserved, with his name carved on it. Before he died in 1937 and was buried in Lausanne, Switzerland, Coubertin left special directions for his heart: It was to be removed and placed inside the monument erected in his honor ten years earlier just outside the ruins of ancient Olympia. The Olympic rings are seen behind the double face marble statue known as Hermes in the marble Panathinean Stadium, venue of the first modern Olympics in 1896, in Athens, early Friday, April 5, 2024. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris) The future King Paul of Greece performed the ceremony in March 1938, following a blessing by black-robed Greek Orthodox priests. The grove is now part of the International Olympic Academy, an institute established to promote education on the history and principles of the modern Games. Born in 1863, Coubertin was the second president of the IOC — after Greece’s Demetrios Vikelas — serving from 1896-1925. His tenure included the games held in Paris in 1900 and 1924. On a personal level, his life was marred by family tragedy that might explain his single-minded dedication to the Olympics. His son suffered severe brain damage at a young age, and his daughter struggled with mental health issues throughout her life. Coubertin had no other children, and two close nephews were killed in World War I. (AP) The Olympic Flame lighting ceremony ahead of the Paris Olympic Games will take place at the ancient site of Olympia on April 16th in a public event that will be televised live around the world. The high priestess at the ceremony will be Mary Mina, who will hand over the flame to the first torchbearer, Greek Olympic rowing champion Stefanos Ntouskos. It will then be carried by some 500 torchbearers on a 2,000-kilometer journey across Greece, culminating on April 26 at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, the site of the first modern Olympics in 1896. The torch will then set sail to Marseille from Piraeus on board the three-masted Belem, a ship classified as a historical monument since 1984. The torch will be used to light the Olympic Flame when it arrives in France on May 8th, which is just over two and a half months before the Games begin on July 26th.  
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Monte Carlo
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Tsitsipas sat holding his head in his hands, briefly crying as he took in his first title of the year and biggest tournament victory for two years.  “I’m very proud of myself today. I had been waiting for a moment like this for a long time,” said the 12th-ranked Tsitsipas, who reached a career-high No. 3 ranking in 2021. “I did not know what was going to happen this week.” The big-serving Greek also won the title in 2021 and 2022 and this latest trophy at the Monte Carlo Country Club took him to 11 career titles overall. “It has been very difficult, so to be back on the podium, winning tournaments, just feels amazing,” Tsitsipas said. “The third time is even more special than the first or second time. This is an unbelievable win for me. Capturing that win today was nerve-wracking, I really wanted this trinity.” It was his first trophy since August last year, when he won a modest ATP 250-level tournament on outdoor hard courts at Los Cabos in Mexico. This was much more prestigious and he shared a warm hug at the net with Ruud, who is chasing his first title of the year and remains stuck on 10 overall. The match featured former French Open runner-ups and offered an early indication of form heading into the clay-court major at next month’s Roland Garros. Tsitsipas was an outsider coming into this tournament, where he was seeded 12th. But he got the better of Australian Open champion Jannik Sinner in the semifinals, handing him only his second defeat of the season to set up a perhaps unexpected final against Ruud, who beat top-ranked Novak Djokovic in Saturday’s other semi. Tsitsipas took an early control. He broke Ruud’s serve and held for 3-1, then secured another break of serve when eighth-seeded Ruud flapped a loose forehand into the net from the back of the court. A nervous-looking Ruud double-faulted on set point. Ruud improved in the second set and pressured Tsitsipas, who saved three break points and took 13 minutes to hold serve in a tough seventh game. That seemed to be Ruud’s last chance while also summing up his erratic match, where he made too many unforced errors and failed to convert any of his eight break-point chances. Tsitsipas hit an ace to win his next service game, leaving Ruud needing to hold serve to stay in the match.  An unforced error at 30-30 saw Ruud patting a straightforward-looking backhand long to offer Tsitsipas a first match point.  He seized the moment. Tsitsipas dominated a brief rally and clinched victory with a forehand winner, then slid on his back with his arms outstretched and put his hands on his face.  “I managed the point relatively well and finished it with the winner,” Tsitsipas said. “I showed some ruthless tennis. From the beginning to the end, my play was cohesive.” Tsitsipas will improve to No. 7 when the ATP rankings are released on Monday.
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The 12th-ranked Greek player dropped only five points on his first serve and hit 20 winners. He will next face either Jannik Sinner or Holger Rune for a spot in the final at the clay-court event. Tsitsipas won back-to-back titles at the Country Club in 2021 and 2022. Top-ranked Novak Djokovic takes on Alex De Minaur and Ugo Humbert faces Casper Ruud in Friday’s other quarterfinals. 
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