- 30 IOL 2010
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HORSE RACING - NONE NEWER THAN THE WESTERN FRONT
The devaluation of the racecourse continues unabated.
The estimate is that it has only months of life, without horses of course.
But the leaf does not move.
The New Democracy government has neither restored legitimacy to the Filippo Union as promised, nor is it backing down on taxation.
When will he deal?
It's gone and the government term is over. Where will the elections for the government of 2023-27 take place!
OPAP is completely indifferent.
He agreed in 2014 to pay the "Markopoulos tax" but of course he is intolerant now, since it is an irrational and burdensome tax.
It does nothing to raise the stakes. Maybe he does it with the reasoning "if the bet goes up then the HRDH will find an excuse
for his attitude, not to abolish this tax ".
So everyone is waiting for the collapse.
If this happens the horse races will stop, OPAP will be declared void of the contract.
But what will happen next?
The logic is to create a new ODIE and to start racing again.
If this confusion had happened in the time of Faliro, surely this would have been the end: OPAP out, a new betting organization. Horse racing would not die.
But now ;
With the racetrack closed, will anyone be interested in reopening it?
The government ; Any other private company? The professionals themselves from the various foreign countries who will have migrated?
Difficult to improbable.
We have no complaints from anyone between the governments ND-Syriza-Pasok, OPAP, HRDH.
One rule that applies is that you have no right to complain about a hostile force because it is hostile to you.
Turkey e.g. is Turkey. We have no right to say "why not be ... Italy".
Unless we have to send Rafal to level it. But we do not have the right to say "why aren't the Turks friends like the Italians?", It does not make sense.
So we have a complaint from the many different quizzes (cognitive quizzes and semi-crazy quizzes) that are unfortunately within the ranks of the racecourse.