Injured champion sues OAKA venue
World champion pole vaulter Constantinos Filippidis has sued the management of the OAKA Olympic Stadium in northern Athens for 538,000 euros over an injury he sustained in June while practicing at the facility.
In the suit, the athlete claims that on June 19 he sustained a meniscal tear when his leg twisted on impact during a practice jump due a large hole beneath the flooring. The 30-year-old had to undergo surgery, missing out on a series of international meets that he had been working toward competing in, having spent thousands of euros in preparation.
OAKA’s management, he argues, is obliged to maintain its facilities to international standards to prevent injuries and offer athletes the best possible conditions in which to practice and compete. Filippidis will also miss this week’s London World Athletics Championships.