Emilios PAPATHANASIOU (GRE) has been awarded a diploma by the International Committee for Fair Play (CIFP) in recognition of an act of fair play towards a competitor from Turkey.
PAPATHANASIOU was nominated for the diploma by the Hellenic Olympic Committee, after an act of fair play which took place during a race at the 2003 Athens Eurolymp Week in Athens, Greece.
During the starting sequence, rival Enver ADAKAN (TUR) broke his tiller extension, without which he would be unable to compete. Seeing the situation ADAKAN was facing, PAPATHANASIOU immediately notified the Race Committee who postponed the start, and then asked his coach to go to shore and collect a spare extension to enable ADAKAN to compete.
Acknowledging the conflicts which have faced the two countries, Greece and Turkey, and recognising the sportsmanship shown by PAPATHANASIOU to his fellow competitor, the CIFP decided to award the honour.
Emilios will be presented with the diploma at an Award Ceremony in Lausanne, Switzerland in November 2003.
The CIFP has been awarding international fair play prizes since 1963.