September 11, 1953

GREEK-GERMAN FRIENDSHIP: Track and field events between the national teams of Greece and West Germany began yesterday at 8.30 p.m. at Athens’s Panathenaic Stadium, in the presence of the education minister, Mr Constantine Kallias, the German charge d’affaires and other officials, along with about 30,000 spectators (…) who cheered wildly when the teams lined up in front of the officials. The national anthems of both states were played and banners exchanged as souvenirs of the peaceful meeting of former rivals in the last world war, in the spirit of noble rivalry. (…) The Germans, who are in third place in the world ratings after the Americans and the Russians, and who recently beat the British by 18 points and the Yugoslavs by 24 points, won all the first races except for one, the 110-meter hurdle race which was won by Kambadellis. GERMAN VICTORY: At the Panathenaic Stadium last night, track and field events between the national teams of Germany and Greece continued before a crowd of some 20,000. The German champions won first place in all events. (…) Germany finally beat Greece all round with 118 points to 71 for Greece. CANADIAN AID: Paris, 9 – It has been announced in the Canadian capital of Ottawa that following a cabinet meeting, the prime minister, Mr Louis St Laurent, announced that the Canadian government had decided to donate 500,000 Canadian dollars to benefit the earthquake victims of the Ionian Islands.

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