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From Zeus to Athens, how the modern Olympics came to be

Spyridon Louis, an unheralded competitor in an unknown event, ran 25 miles from Marathon to Athens, following the path not just of the ancient messenger Pheidippides but also some more contemporary couriers on horseback and bicycle who announced his arrival at the Panathenian Stadium with the cry: "A Greek! A Greek!"

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Turkish NBA star Kanter says ‘Thank you Greece’


Four years after the failed coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, NBA superstar Enes Kanter speaks to Kathimerini about how he experienced that momentous night on July 15, 2016 in the United States alongside a shocked Fethullah Gulen, the exiled Turkish cleric.



At the headquarters of the anti-Covid task force


Kathimerini visited the new, state-of-the-art headquarters of the Civil Protection authority in the formerly abandoned Press Center of the 2004 Olympic Games on Kifissias Avenue in northern Athens. Here the coronavirus pandemic is monitored daily in great detail via a vast array of facilities including giant screens and an operations room by the intrepid members of the anti-Covid task force who process and evaluate all data, both domestic and international. The government’s plans to upgrade Civil Protection capabilities envisage the creation of 13 smaller operations centers, one in each administrative district. [Nikos Kokkalias]