The championship is difficult and demanding, but in Greece there are other obstacles in the effort of an athlete with a thirst for distinctions. The hoops champion Stavros Ginis has Lefteris Petrounias as his role model, but in his 20s he will have to make a difficult decision. To study medicine or to continue the championship, because in Greece he cannot combine both.
The young champion spoke on the OPEN show “Together Now” he went to the Medical Center of Patras, but he is not allowed to transfer to Athens, so that he can do his training as a member of the National team.
Gini’s statements in detail:
“I have been playing the instrument since I was 5 years old. For the last 5-6 years I belong to the National Team. I have tried very hard, from the age of 7-8 my parents had to take me from Megara to Egaleo every day. Without my parents I wouldn’t do anything, the only sponsors are my parents.”
About the problem with the school: “Unfortunately I have reached a point where I have to choose either my school or sports. I went to the Medical School of Patras, it was something I wanted since I was little. And by law I am not entitled to the transfer, because of a bill. I have twice applied for an exceptional transfer, I have explained that I am a National Team athlete, I have received distinctions, twice I have applied, twice it has been rejected”.
For his dreams: “I switched to a school because I also need a rehabilitation for the future. Sports are up to a certain age. But if you leave him now, you can’t start him again later. These years are the most critical years for my career, I am 15 years old. Since I started the championship my goal is the Olympic games, to be on the podium… Isn’t it a shame to stop now? It’s like they tell you either you’re going to follow sports or you’re going to follow school.”
To whom it has been addressed: “I have tried to take my matter to Mr. Avgenakis, with Mr. Mavrotas to whom I have sent a letter. We are still waiting, there is no answer.”
For Lefteris Petrounias who supports him: “Lefteris is a very good person, I am honored to have met him and we train together, he has helped me a lot, not only in sports but in general in my life. What he tells me is that we will try to do everything we can to come to Athens but beyond that he told me that I better look at my school. And it is not only Lefteris, but also me. And my coach and my parents. Since they don’t help me combine both, I think it’s better to choose the school, I’ve certainly had dreams since I was little, but it’s not possible…”.
source: on sports