By Eurohoops team/ firstname.lastname@example.org
The island of Rhodes is enjoying a 3on3 tournament organized by Greek legend Nick Galis – whose parents were born in the island – and in today’s press conference for the event, Galis was asked about the current situation of the sport in Greece.
Specifically, Galis was asked to comment on the feud between Olympiacos and Panathinaikos, which resulted in games being forfeited from both teams and Olympiacos being relegated. “For me, these are things we could avoid and it’s funny”, said Galis. “Teams not playing games is something that does not honor the sport. I would have like to see a different atmosphere, families to the stands enjoying themselves. To see the gym being like a theater. There’s no need to have a war in order to win, there must be fair play. “
Former Greek national team captain Michalis Kakiouzis added: “It’s tragic what’s going on, not just basketball. We have seen it in all sports. There are other problems in life, real problems, not these. I see all of these as jokes. I think that everyone and especially the big clubs should give the right example and we must immediately go into a process to calm things down”.
Speaking about the tournament 3on3 “Galisbasketball tournament”, Deputy South Aegean Regional Adviser on Sport Nikos Nikolis talked about its importance: “I welcome to Rhodos our compatriot Nikos Galis, Michalis Kakiouzis and all the athletes who will be with us. The love of Nikos Galis for Rhodes should be not taken for granted. The South Aegean Region always sets high goals and we are now organizing a big event. Thanks again to Nikos Galis, who gives us the opportunity to advertise Rhodes all over the world. “
Stefanos Tsimpis, the CEO of the Institute of Vocational Training AKMI, which is one of the main sponsors of the tournament added: “I welcome the event. The South Aegean Regional government and the local municipality deserve a big thumbs up for the initiative”.