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Sidelined overweight basketball star makes a comeback March 18, 2008

Posted by grhomeboy in Basketball.
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Sidelined basketball star Sofoklis Schortsanitis, a pivotal member of both Olympiakos and the Greek National Team until he fell out of favor because of severe weight problems, has returned to Greece following an undercover two-month spell in Switzerland, where the 2.06-meter center has reportedly shed about 22 kilograms.

The news of the player’s return was made public by Olympiakos’s recently appointed coach Panayiotis Yiannakis, who has worked with Schortsanitis on the National Team, during a news conference following a league game on Sunday.

Schortsanitis, who still needs to regain fitness to compete, will continue his recovery here. Yiannakis requested that the player be left in peace, which he stressed was crucial for the completion of Schortsanitis’s comeback plan. Club officials hope he will be ready to play again late next month, which would be in time for the league playoffs.

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