Papoulias briefed on draft sports bill, tourism

A draft law on professional sports, which will include clauses for the prevention of violence inside and outside sports venues, anti-doping measures, and national sports planning, will be ready soon, Deputy Culture & Tourism Minister Giorgos Nikitiadis said during his meeting with Republic President Karolos Papoulias on Tuesday.

In receiving Nikitiadis, Papoulias underlined that “sports fans should learn to be sports fans”, while on his part, the deputy minister underlined that there is will for cooperation on behalf of football club representatives and the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO).

Papoulias requested to be briefed on developments in the tourism sector, adding that Belgium’s new ambassador to Athens had told him, during an earlier presentation of his credentials, that roughly 500,000 tourists from his country visit Greece annually.

Nikitiadis responded that the goal is to increase that number, adding that Belgium is among the seven countries he will visit in the next five days. He also referred to cooperation between the culture and tourism ministry and the ministry of foreign affairs to facilitate the easier issuance of visas for citizens of Russia, China and India.

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