A touching letter from CSKA

CSKA Moscow was among the first ones to congratulate Olympiacos on winning the Euroleague and the letter sent by the Russians gives indeed an added value to the “reds” achievement.

CSKA Moscow was among the first ones to congratulate Olympiacos on winning the Euroleague and the letter sent by the Russians gives indeed an added value to the “reds” achievement.


Here is the letter of the President of CSKA Andrei Vatutin…

“Dear friends,
We congratulate you on winning the European title in this dramatic final. Your team has shown tremendous progress during the season and deserved the victory. It was an honor for us to play this decisive game against such an honorable opponent and against wonderful friends.

Please once again accept our warmest congratulations!

Sincerely yours,
Andrei Vatutin
President”

Apart from the letter from CSKA, OLYMPIACOS FC and the athletic club of Olympiacos who have published their congratulations, many more clubs have sent congratulating letters or communicated their congrats to the Club: Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, Cleveland Cavaliers, Fnerbahce/Ulker, Benetton Treviso, Zalgiris Kaunas, Siena, Lokomotiv Cuban, Virtus Bologna, Virtus Roma, Red Star, Alba Berlin, Biella,  PAOK BC, Aris BC, Ikaros Kallithea BC, Kavala BC, Rethymnon BC, Ilysiakos BC, Panerithraikos and Mandoulides.


Among the great list of congratulating telegrams, the ones that stand out are those of the Hellenic Basketball Federation, HEBA, the Secretary of Sports Giorgos Nikitiadis, the President of the Cyprus Parliament Giannakis Omirou, the Piraeus Mayor Mr. Vassilis Michaloliakos, the Tripoleos Mayor Mr. Giannis Smyrniotakis, the Italian League, the German and the Polish League, PSAK, SEPK, ESKANA, EKASTH, EKASX, SEDKA, the Olympic winners club, the Peace and Friendship Stadium, the Parliament member Mr. Arvanitopoulos and Mrs. Rapti, the Ambassador of Greece in Astana Mr. Efthimios Pandazopoulos.

OLYMPIACOS BC was also congratulated by football and amateur clubs: Atromitos of Athens, APOEL, Ethnikos, Ruf 1980, AC Castoria.

However, it wasn’t just clubs and political personalities that congratulated the European Champions, since old coaches and members of the club addressed their congrats on winning the European top. Panagiotis Giannakis, Pini Gerson, Takis Chatzigrigoriadis, Kostas Bogatsiotis and Nikos Boudouris sincerely congratulated the team on its success.


It was the end of the '30s when the Olympiacos Basketball team was founded with players form the "Ionidio" School. Great personalities of Greek basketball wore the 'red' shirt, coaches wrote history, victories came and Olympiacos played a leading role inside and outside the Greek borders.
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