The press conference on the Vergotia Games which take place today in Kefalonia was attended by SEGAS president Sofia Sakorafa, Vice-Governor Stavros Trailos, Vice Mayor George Tsilimidos and our top championships Miltos Tentoglou, Voulas Papachristos and Rafaelas Spanoudakis
VERGOTIA returns on Saturday, May 15 at the municipal stadium of Argostoli with big names and live TV coverage.
The games are organized for the 6th year by the Gymnastics Society of Kefallinia with co-organizers the Regional Unit of Kefallinia, the Municipality of Argostoli, the Regional Union of Ionian Islands and the Georgios and Maris Vergotis Foundation. VERGOTIA has been in the official competition program of the European Athletics Federation since last year and is under the auspices of SEGAS.
The program includes 5 competitions for men and 4 women. Among the participations so far stand out those of the European champions Miltos Tentoglou and Voulas Papachristou, who together with their coach Giorgos Pomaski, will start their competitive preparations for the Tokyo Olympics from Kefalonia.
Tentoglou, although injured, won the Pan-European Indoor Track and Field in March in Poland with only one jump at 8.35m. Although he has fully recovered, he will not do a length at VERGOTIA, but he will run at 100m! Voula Papachristou will of course be the big name in the length of women, together with Spyridoula Karydi from Corfu. Favorite for men’s length is Dimitris Tsiamis.
In the women’s 100m, Rafaela Spanoudaki stands out with an individual record of 11.27, Maria Gatou and the 100m hurdles champion Elisavet Pesiridou. Sotiris Garaganis ( 2nd Panhellenic 2020 – performance 10.43) and Christos Papadopoulos will compete in the respective men’s event together with Tentoglou .
In the men’s height, Vassilis Konstantinou from Cyprus with an individual record of 2.28 and Antonis Merlos are preparing for big flights. To the women, Mariya Voukovic from Montenegro, Tatiana Gusin and Ioanna Zakka promise us a beautiful spectacle and great performance.
The men’s shot put will also be very upgraded, with the Greek champion Odysseas Mouzenidis looking for shots over 20m and Tassos Latiflari and Bogdan Zdravkovic from Serbia up close.
VERGOTIA 2021 will be honored by the presence of the President of SEGAS and Vice President of the Parliament Mrs. Sofia Sakorafa. The event starts at 5.30 in the afternoon and will be broadcast live on IONIAN CHANNEL and reported by ERT.
Due to health protocols, unfortunately, the established children’s games will not take place, nor will the presence of fans in the stands be allowed.
The Gymnastics Society of Kefallinia wishes the athletes a good stay on our island and good luck in the games!
Watch it live from Argostoli stadium here