With increased security measures, the 40th Authentic Marathon of Athens will take place with hundreds of police officers on foot on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 November in the capital. Hamas’s announcements have caused fear in Europe and prompted it to take action at large events with large crowds
Greece’s biggest sporting event is coming on Sunday, November 12. THE 40o Authentic Marathon of Athens will take place again this year with a crowd of people and the participation of thousands of athletes, who will start from the Marathon and finish in the packed Kallimarmaro. Parallel events will start from Saturday, November 11.
However, the anniversary Marathon takes place at an unusual time for the world, because of it war in the Middle East. Europe is living in fear after the Hamas threats, while there have already been incidents that worry the old continent.
Greece may not be geographically in the heart of Europe, like Berlin, Brussels, Paris and other big cities, but it is not off the map of possible attacks in the future.
So the Greek Police decided to take increased measures at 40The Authentic Marathon, with hundreds of police officers to spread along the entire length of the route but particularly in the Marble and centre her Athens, where most people will be.
There is no specific information – Increased measures due to the war
What makes the Police take even stricter measures at this year’s Marathon is the surrounding situation. It is an International event with athletes from all over the world, but also from Israel and the United States. The Police emphasize that “there is no specific information, but the measures are taken due to the extraordinary situation that prevails in Europe due to the war”.
It is worth noting that the first terrorist attack after the start of the war was in Brussels at the football match, that is, a sporting event with a lot of people, while no one can forget what happened on April 15, 2013, during the 117th Boston Marathon, from the explosion of two bombs, near the finish line, where three people died and 183 were injured.
So many Policemen in plainclothes will be all over Attica to monitor suspicious targets and to secure it security her organization. Flying in will be used for surveillance while police officers will also be at hotels where will runners are accommodated from foreign countries, especially from Israel and America.