Decorated handball player Eleni Potari died at just 41

Eleni Potari

Eleni Potari, a handball athlete who was in the national team at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, passed away at the age of 41 after a long battle with cancer.

She started at Aris Nikias and then played at Ormi Patras, OFN Ionia, Anagennisi Byron and GAS Kamaterou, playing as a left winger.

Potari also participated in the Women's National Team in the Mediterranean Games in Tunis (2001), Almeria in 2005 and the Balkan Games in Turkey in 2004, winning the bronze medal with her team.

In a statement, the Handball Federation states:

"The Hellenic Handball Federation announces with deep sorrow the death of Eleni Potaris at the age of just 41.

"Eleni Potari honoured Greek handball and the National team, of which she was an active member for several years, even participating in the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004. She had a great career as a left winger, winning titles and important individual awards.

"She started from Aris Nikias, while she then competed for Ormi Patras, OFN Ionia, Anagennisi Vyrona and GAS Kamaterou.

"She also participated with the Women's National Team in the Mediterranean Games of Tunis (2001), Almeria (2005) and the Balkan Games in Turkey in 2004, where she won the bronze medal.

"In recent years, Eleni suffered from health problems, which she always faced with courage and excessive dignity. She was a fighter for life, and that is how she will be remembered.

"The President Costas Gandis, the members of the OCHE Board of Directors, the First Vice-President of the Hellenic Olympic Committee Stelios Angeloudis, the staff and the press office of the Federation express their sincere condolences to her people."

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