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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 16-08-11

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Gold medalist Anna Korakaki receives hero's welcome in Athens
  • [02] Eight young refugees treated for hepatitis A in northern Greece

  • [01] Gold medalist Anna Korakaki receives hero's welcome in Athens

    Olympic champion Anna Korakaki, who won gold and bronze in the 25-meter pistol and 10-meter air pistol in Rio respectively, thus becoming the first Greek athlete in more than a century to win two medals in the same Olympics, received a hero's welcome as she landed in Athens on Thursday.

    Dozens of fans holding Greek flags cheered her on while a red carpet had been rolled outside her plane to walk on.

    "I'm very happy to be the first Greek athlete with two medals in the Olympic Games and I hope I won't be the last. I want to give an incentive to children to get involved with the sports and those who are athletes already, to aim even higher," Korakaki told journalists.

    "I worked very hard to win these two medals. I couldn't be happier. I wanted a medal, but my dream was fulfilled twice," she said. "My goal is to make shooting more known, because unfortunately in recent years the number of athletes is dwindling."

    The Olympic champion commented in passing about the difficulties she faced while training, saying that even if she hadn't won these medals, she would still have opened up about them in detail.

    On his side, her father and coach, Tasos Korakakis acknowledged the pressure the athlete was under lately and the tough training and said they returned to Greece to rest.

    Interior Minister Panagiotis Kouroumblis, who welcomed Korakaki at the airport on behalf of the government, described it as one of his most emotional moments of his life. "Hope came from this kid's efforts who, under difficult circumstances, armed with determination and perseverance, made her dream a reality. She's an example for all of us," he said, adding that the state now has to make good on promises to support athletes competing in her sport.

    The Greek champion arrived with a two-hour delay to Athens, as Italian authorities in her transit flight to Rome conducted extensive security checks due to the guns she was carrying with her from Rio.

    [02] Eight young refugees treated for hepatitis A in northern Greece

    Eight young refugees, aged 2 to 18, are being treated for hepatitis A at the hospital of Kilkis, the head of Macedonia and Thrace's 4th Health Region Stratis Plomaritis told ANA-MPA on Thursday. The young refugees were hosted at center of Nea Kavala.

    "The virus can be transmitted from the mouth, hands, food and contaminated water. The relevant authorities have been informed and procedures have been activated, as expected in cases such as these, while refugees in that center will be vaccinated," Plomaritis said.

    "This is a serious situation because in 2015, the recorded hepatitis A cases were 62 while [in 2016] they've reached eight in just 10 days," Achilleas Kalemkeridis, a representative of the hospital employees' union, told ANA-MPA.


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