Greek jockeys lament privatization delays

Greece hasn’t seen many demonstrations in favor of privatization

during its acute four-year financial crisis, but jockeys are keen

to be rid of a state-run agency that controls racetrack betting,

and they rode their horses into central Athens to make their


Jockeys, as well as racecourse officials, are angry at the lack

of progress in Greece’s privatization program, and warn that the

industry could suffer a major setback if a late January deadline

expires without the sale of the Horse Race Betting Organization,


The government has so far failed to pass legislation required

for the privatization deal. Without it, the agency faces closure to

the potential ruin of a racetrack outside Athens.

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