Deputy Minister of Sports Stavros Kontonis invited the 77-year-old official to the ceremony of a renaming that he fought hard to block twenty years ago, as Secretary of Sports, when Deputy Minister of that time Giorgos Lianis tried for the first time to give to the Olympic Stadium of Athens the name of the greatest basketball player Greece has ever born.
Giorgos Vasilakopoulos' excuse back then is that it is not proper to name a stadium while the honored person is still alive, but that did not stop him of giving his name to basketball indoors gym of Pyrgos city later...
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras agreed with eagerness to Stavros Kontonis' proposal, the Board of Directors of the Olympic Stadium did the same, Municipality of Amaroussion also agreed since last Wednesday but the president of Hellenic Basket Federation reacted once again angrily, with unbelievable fury and exiguity.
When the decision was announced to the HBF, he stormed out claiming that it is not right naming a second stadium in Greece after Nikos Galis, because there is already Aris' indoors gym, "Nick Galis Hall" at Thessaloniki, but for those who know the truth this was just an excuse.
Giorgos Vasilakopoulos never accepted that the 59-year-old former player of Aris, Panathinaikos and National Team was the person that changed the history of basketball in Greece. "All the great players of 1987-89 squads helped the National Team win those medals", is always saying, something which is certainly true, but without Nikos Galis nothing would had been the same.
Since last Friday, the officials of Hellenic Football Federation and especially secretary Giorgos Tsagronis were trying to find a legal issue in order to block Deputy Minister of Sports' decision, until they found out that it was the Prime Minister himself that asked for that rename.
Alexis Tsipras will host Nikos Gallis at Maximou Hall the next days and of course he will attend the ceremony of Olympic Stadium's renaming. The only question is if Giorgos Vasilakopoulos will be there or not...