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Pole Vaulter Injured by Indoor Pothole Sues Olympic Stadium

Greek pole vaulter Kostas Filippidis is suing the owners of the Athens Olympic Stadium after he was injured in the indoor training facility.  The injury occurred during a June 2017 training session.  The stadium is owned by the Greek state and hosted the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.

A pothole in the runway of the pole vault jump caused injury to Filippidis’ left knee.  Filippidis and his coach Dimitris Kyteas, claim they warned the stadium personnel numerous times about the pothole in the runway of the indoor pole vault jump.

The lawsuit filed by Filippidis’ lawyer, Vassilis Chirdaris in the Athens Court of First Instance is asking for 530,000 euros ($625,000) in compensation for Filippidis, a gold medal winner in the 2014 World Indoor Championships.  In the lawsuit, Chirdaris said on behalf of the 30-year-old athlete, “The serious injury caused him to stay out of the stadiums and in a particularly important time for himself, missing three top international competitions.”

August 2nd, 2017 at 3:43 pm