By Phil Caplan, Date:27/8/13
In a major step forward for the on-going development of rugby league in Greece, an Athens Magistrates Court has approved an application for federation status, confirming the creation of the Hellenic Rugby League Federation. As a result, the HRLF has now been accorded official Observer status by the Rugby League European Federation. HRLF will now hold new elections to vote in directors of the new organisation.
â€œNow that the Hellenic Federation of Rugby League is recognised by the Greek justice system we can put the sport on the map here,â€ said Tasos Pantazidis who was President of the Committee to Establish a Hellenic Rugby League Federation.
â€œBoth developments will help us to overcome obstacles put in front of us. We now have the possibility to build relations with local and national communities. The planned 13-a-side club championship, the national team and the regional cups will all have support.
Pantazidis added, â€œI strongly believe that we have entered a new, promising era for rugby league in Greece.â€