Olympiakos’ basketball power survived a scare from upstart Korivos Amaliadas to hold on to a 79-73 win while AGO Rethymnou defeated host Nea Kifissia, 74-64 to grab third place in the Greek league.Olympiakos trailed on several occasions to the newly-elevated Korivos squad which gave Reds’ coach Yiannis Sfairopoulos a start and reason to tell his players not to be complacent.The Cretan team Rethymnou was led by American point guard Vincent Council out of Providence College who scored 22 points and earned the league’s Most Valuable Player award for the second time in three weeks.Champion Panathinaikos was in good form, pounding Panionios 92-61 at home in front of about 9,000 fans at the Olympic Sports Hall, to extend its perfect record to eight games.PAOK suffered another loss, this one to Apollon Patras, 80-70 while while Aris put an end to AEK’s winning run with an 86-75 victory.Kolossos Rhodes lost the league’s top scorer, Mike James, to Euroleague challenger Laboral Kutxa, but still managed to beat visiting Trikala 77-69.Panelefsiniakos thrashed KAO Dramas 83-69, putting the losers in danger of relegation.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Miffed at the “interference” of sports ministry in its affairs, Indian Olympic Association on Monday told the visiting International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach to convey to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi its opposition to the Sports Code of the government in its current form.Bach, visiting the country for the first time since being elected as IOC chief in 2013, had a meeting with top IOA members at a city hotel that lasted an hour. The IOC chief also had an hour-long meeting with sports minister Sarbananda Sonowal at the same hotel. Sonowal was assisted by sports secretary Ajit Sharan and Sports Authority of India director general Injeti Srinivas. Also Read – Khel Ratna for Deepa and Bajrang, Arjuna for JadejaFormer IOA secretary general and IOC member Randhir Singh also attended both the meeting. Later, Sonowal hosted a lunch for the visiting dignitary which was attended by top IOA and sports ministry officials and minister of state information and broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. Abhay Singh Chautala, who served as president of the IOA during the 14-month suspension from the IOC, told reporters after the meeting the members have told Bach to convey to the PM that they would oppose the Sports Bill as it “interferes” with the autonomy of the IOA.“For some time, there has been this issue of the implementation of the Sports Bill. The earlier Congress government had tried to implement this Sports Bill and the current BJP government is also saying that it will implement the Bill,” said Chautala, an INLD MLA in Haryana. Also Read – Endeavour is to facilitate smooth transition: Shastri“There has been interference in the affairs of IOA from the sports ministry which is undermining the autonomy of the IOA under the Olympic Charter. This will harm Indian sports,” Chautala, now a Haryana Olympic Association official, said. IOA’s objection to the Sports Code centers around two major issues, age limit of 70 of the office bearers of the IOA and the cutting into size the importance of the state units of the IOA.