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Kavala set to learn of its fate today

Enosi Kavalas basketball club will find out today whether it can take part in this year’s A1 division. The newly promoted side, which merged with Panorama in the summer, on Monday submitted the final document missing from its original application to the Professional Sports Commission (EEA) and now awaits today’s EEA meeting for the crucial decision. Kavala officials paid a visit to the Development Ministry in Athens on Monday and obtained the form which had not been included in their initial application. The EEA president informed Kavala that the deadline for document submission had expired, but eventually Kavala officials obtained an extension until today. Given this display of good will by EEA, it is likely that Kavala will receive the certificate that will allow it to play in the top division. In the meantime, reports from the city of Kavala have suggested that the local sports hall where the first-round match with Larissa would have taken place is not yet ready to host A1 games. There are no proper provisions for fans in the stands nor the press boxes required by the league. The club will have to fulfill those obligations as well in order to host its first ever game in the professional division. What is more, although the game was canceled just over 24 hours before tipoff, the club had not taken its players’ registration documents from the basketball federation, as if it had been certain the game was not going to take place. These documents are an essential requirement for every athlete to compete and must be submitted in advance to the match referees. Larissa will use this piece of information to demand that it gets the two points from the game with Kavala, suggesting that its opponent was not prepared to play anyway.