Mourning in athletics for Babis Sdrolas


He passed away on Sunday, at the age of 73 Babis Sdrolasa coach who left his mark on Greek athletics for decades.

He was one of the beloved coaches in the field of athletics, with knowledge of the compounds and obstacles with love for what he did and respect for his athletes and colleagues.

During his career he trained many sportsmen and women, however he connected his name with the leading Greek high hurdler, Costas Douvalidiswhom he trained until the end of his life.

Under the guidance of Sdrolas, Douvalidis participated in Olympic Games, World and European Championships and broke the Panhellenic record several times. Babi Sdrolas’ last assignment with the national team was just a few months ago at the European Team Championships in Silesia, Poland, while during the season he accompanied his athlete to most of his domestic appearances.

Sdrolas started coaching in 1978 at AO Drama and from 1990 onwards he became a Federal coach based in Drama and Thessaloniki. He has trained sportsmen and women in the composite events, such as one of the decathlon leaders Makis Andreoglou, as well as Pavlos Kouromichelakis. Undoubtedly, his name has been identified with that of Kostas Douvalidis, an athlete whom he trained from a young age and together they achieved participation and distinctions in all the top competitions.

The president of SEGAS, Sofia Sakorafa, and the entire Board of Directors of SEGAS express their deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.

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