SPORTS

Track and field federation shuts up shop, again

The Hellenic Track and Field Federation (SEGAS) announced on Wednesday that it is suspending all activity until further notice in protest at the cuts to its government grants for 2011 and 2012.

The general assembly of Greece’s oldest sports federation reached its decision on March 24, in protest at what it dubs «the decisions for unfair and selective cuts to SEGAS funding for 2011 and 2012.»

“SEGAS is calling on the authorities responsible for sports, and particularly Culture Minister Pavlos Geroulanos, to intervene by averting the economic dead-end and the demolition of the structure of track and field,» the statement uploaded on the federation’s website reads.

This is the second time that SEGAS has decided to suspend its activities, as it also did at the end of November for a couple of weeks — although it wasn?t the track and field season then. However, this time the suspension is indefinite, while SEGAS has said it will be ready to reconsider «depending on developments.»

On Thursday the head of SEGAS, Vassilis Sevastis, will hold a press conference to explain the federation’s decision.