Mairas Panagiotidou proudly waves the Pontian flag on the winner's podium in Istanbul

Pontian flag Mairas Panagiotidou

In Istanbul, Mairas Panagiotidou achieved first place in the 200m, 60m and long jump at the Balkan Championship of Endurance Athletes in Istanbul. The member of the Pontian Association of Kallithea Sykeon Thessaloniki, raised the Pontian flag next to the Turkish flag from the athlete next to her.

Statement from Mairas Panagiotidou:

"With joy and at the same time a lot of emotion, I would like to share with you moments that I dedicated to my roots, to the homeland of my ancestors. Sport gives me the opportunity to be able to honour our flag in any European stadium I attend for matches.

"Over the weekend I competed in Istanbul, where the Balkan Championships of Endurance Athletes took place, achieving 1st place in the 200m, 60m and long jump."

"The president Antonis Saulidis and the members of the Board of Directors of the Pontian Cultural Association of Kallithea Sykeon express their warm congratulations to Mairas Panagiotidou, who won the 1st place and raised the Pontic flag together with the Greek flag during its awarding ceremony.

"We always wish you success."

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