SPORTS

In Brief

Greece threatened with loss of Med Games Volos and Larissa are at risk of losing the organization of the 2013 Mediterranean Games as the International Mediterranean Games Committee (IMGC) has set Greece a deadline for clear progress by May 23 after delays by the Greek organizers. The process of forming the various committees required for the organization of the Med Games in the two central Greek cities has been considerably delayed, leading to the cancellation of the meeting of the executive committee on April 12-14 at Volos by IMGC president Amar Addadi. The IMGC has now made it clear that unless it sees clear progress in the next six weeks it will offer the multisport international event involving all Mediterranean countries to another city. Volleyball league hit by a can of beer The volleyball league playoffs will not restart for at least another week as the case of Iraklis against Aris drags on before sports tribunals. An Iraklis fan hurled a can of beer at Aris player Nikos Roumeliotis forcing the abandonment of the game that will likely be awarded to Aris, eliminating Iraklis from the league semifinals. But until the sports judge and then the supreme sports tribunal issue their verdict, all league games have been frozen, jeopardizing the timely end of the championship for the national team to prepare for this summer’s European Championship qualifiers. Going south The national soccer team will likely play its first home game for the Euro 2012 qualifiers against Georgia at Iraklio’s Pankritio Stadium on September 3, as the Olympic Stadium of Athens will host a concert by rock group U2 on the same evening. Zouros award Panellinios basketball coach Ilias Zouros was this week voted best coach in this season’s Eurocup. Panellinios will contest the competition’s Final Four next weekend.