by Tom Ellis
Greek athletes have produced some special moments in this different, rather melancholic Olympics in Tokyo which is taking place without spectators. Some athletes won medals, some put on a great performance, some failed. As the Games unfold, more success could be in store for the country.
Still, a lot of attention was rightfully focused on the outburst of an athlete who did not win a place on the podium, did not snatch a medal, and did not break any records. However, the frustration that he expressed during a post-game interview struck a deep chord in the country.
Many ordinary people as well as private businesses which offered him sponsorship deals were touched by the man’s emotional appeal.
Weightlifter Theodoros Iakovidis spoke from the heart as he described the financial and other obstacles he had to overcome on the way to Tokyo. His comments exposed the inadequacies of many state officials that casually rush to partake in the success of the winning athletes and who eye some of the glory of the Olympic medals, but who obviously do very little to provide the conditions the athletes need in order to excel.
Retired weightlifting giant Pyrros Dimas did not shy away from responsibility. He also offered an apology. “I am part of Greek sports