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18 December 2008

Update from Athens

From WSDC Mailing list

Dear All,

I want to take this opportunity to reassure everyone that we have absolutely no concerns whatsoever about the safety and security of participants at the WSDC in February in the light of last week's unrest. Firstly, there is no reason to believe that there will be any problems in February. Also, even if we had been holding the championships last week, we would not have been in any danger. We would have had to make some logistical rearrangements due to transport disruptions etc, but the Stanley Hotel is not in an area that suffered.

I have received a number of concerned emails in the last week or so and without underestimating the seriousness of the demonstrations in any way or demeaning the significance of the tragic death of Alexandros Grigoropoulos, I just want to reassure everyone who is coming to Athens that we are still excited about you all coming and that we are looking forward to a fun and safe tournament.

See you in February

On behalf of the Organizing Committee

Effie Giannakouri


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