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RETHYMNO               

                                                            

   

 SPORTS
In Rethimno apart from the element of culture exists intense the element of sports. In the city function enough athletic associations with most important the Group of Classic Sports Arkadi (O.K.A Arkadi). This association has departments in a lot of sports, as basketball  (the team of Arkadi plays in the third National category), volleyball, athletics, waightlifting and many more. Also has elected enough athletes of track in Pan-Hellenic level. Also Rethimno has  a volleyball team, O.PE.R. (Group of Volleyball Rethimno) that plays in the A'1 National Category.

The more important thing in any case that concerns sports in the Rethimno  is the track race Vardinogianneia. The race which carried out for first time in 1985 and since then it is carried out each year from the association "UNION ATROMITOS RETHYMNIAKOS" (E.A.R), with the support and sponsoring of Ministry of Sports and with the collaboration of S.E.G.A.S.
Station in the history and development of the race was the 9th Vardinogianneia in 1993, that were carried out in the news then E.A.K. of Gallos Rethymno, stage of Olympic specifications that is rightly characterized "Stage of records", after from 1993 until 1999 they have been achieved in Vardinogianneia 24 national records.
From then that the race is carried out in stage with flexible carpet have participated in them all the big Greek champions and enough known foreigners.
In December ' the 99 European ' Federation of Track evaluating the organisational efforts of E.A.R. and the qualitative development of meeting classified the Vardjnogja'nneja in category EAA PERMIT materialising thus one still high objective of organizers.

Finally in the Rethimno there are a lot of friends of mechanically-driven sports. The past few years are organised in the city enough  car and motorcycle races, and since1998 functions the Rethymnian Club of Car (RE.LA), which deals with the of car races.

At this point we should mention for the extreme-sports lovers that in Rethymno there is the National Climbing Club (E.OS.). The club organizes trips and climbig in the mountains of Rethymno and of all Crete every weekend offering an extreme life full of excitement to those who participate and also a chance to escape from the daily routine.

Photographs from the  motorcycle race that took place in the Marina of Rethimno at 21/9/2003

The olympic champion of Sj'dney! Kostas Kente'ris in the Vardjnogja'nneja