With his official statement, Dimitris Giannakopoulos commented on the OAKA award to KAE Panathinaikos, while making promises for the future of the club.
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Following the historic signing of the concession contract for the indoor basketball court from OAKA to KAE Panathinaikos, Dimitris Giannakopoulos made the following statements:
“The OAKA concession contract was signed. It is a fact now. There are things that are said but not done, and things that are done but are not said, Konstantinos Karamanlis once said. However, there are things that are said and done. You just have to have will and passion. And above all, do not accept defeat. The goal of Panathinaikos, the best team in the history of Greek sports, to have their own home was a personal bet. It was one of the things I had committed to from the get-go and there was no way it wouldn’t happen. Not only for the greatness and history of the Club, but for justice. And he who has with him the warriors who are called just and true, never loses.
Panathinaikos now has its own home. THE OAKA. “PAULOS GIANNAKOPOULOS”. Here where history was written. Here where history is written and will be written. In gold letters. As this team knows.
For this to happen we go through a lot and listen more. We have overcome all obstacles. Whatever they put us. By legitimate and illegitimate means. Enemies and… friends. They failed. Because they had falsehood and injustice with them. They were and are dwarfs against the stature of Panathinaikos…
Ideally, the entire Association would be co-located in Botanikos, but even so, seeing that this plan advances, I feel satisfied that I have put my little stone, as President of the Amateur.
Panathinaikos now has its own home. And that means a lot. Both in terms of prospects and OEM value. An already excellent brand now becomes not only attractive, but the most attractive in all of Europe. Somewhere in here, I want to thank the Government and especially the Prime Minister for the happy ending of this case. Because in Greece many times even the obvious requires years of effort to be implemented and the OAKA concession should have been made… a few governments ago.
However, the road to turning positive perspectives into reality is not easy. The OAKA today has a deficit, it has current contracts, as well as free concessions, such as hosting the CEE for example. To get to the level we want, time and money are needed. Many and large investments are needed.
Panathinaikos now has its own home. And the most important thing is that we achieved our objective without going back one millimeter in terms of principles and above all without mortgaging our History.
And from his own house he will launch the counterattack, to return to where he belongs competitively. At the top of Greece and Europe. Basketball is changing, the Euroleague is changing… We pay dearly for our revolution, our fight for justice at all levels. In money and victories. We sent Bertomeu home… Some spoke of vindication. It’s not. It would be if we got back the wins they denied us, the qualifying ones and possibly the trophies… And of course the money from the merciless hunt, because he told the truth. The fines imposed for the recent incidents at Real-Partizan -and not only- now demonstrate the empathy and real objectives of the Bertomeu regime towards me: he had to shut me up or be exterminated. Neither one nor the other succeeded.
With the new administration I feel that there is a will to do justice. And because blood and water does not happen, together with coach Ataman, the most successful coach in Europe in recent years, I am sure that Panathinaikos will get what they have been deprived of, double and triple. We will defeat anyone who stands in our way in Greece and Europe. And we will send home anyone who thinks of wronging us…
Everyone listen to this. Enemies and friends. In Greece and Europe. That’s enough.
Panathinaikos already has its own home…
However, he no longer has a ceiling on his dreams. You will see him soon. Enemies and friends…
I hope OAKA has the respect of all of us. The people of Panathinaikos will treat it as their home. It is our home now. The house of our Panathinaikos.
In the next period we will be able to present with the company that will be in charge of the configuration and management of the stadium the detailed plan for the future of OAKA, as well as the stages of its renovation in images”.
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