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Maroussi gets clearance to play in A1 league

Maroussi will take part in the new basketball championship after all, as the northern Athens club secured its license to compete from the Professional Sports Commission (EEA) on Friday. The essential letter of guarantee to the amount of 65,000 euros was finally submitted on Thursday, allowing the sports commission to give Maroussi clearance to play in the A1, which starts on October 16. Three days earlier, Maroussi is supposed to play Aris in Thessaloniki for the Greek Cup quarterfinal stage, but it now appears possible that the Athens side will forfeit the right to play in the game, just as it did with its Euroleague qualifying matches against Budivelnik Kiev last month. Reports suggest it was former shareholder Aris Vovos who ensured Maroussi could cover the letter of guarantee, in cooperation with Maroussi’s amateur division and the local municipality. The club now has to hurry up and fill its roster, while it has appointed Vangelis Alexandris as coach.