ATHENS, GREECE - OCTOBER 03: Ben Bentil, #50 of Panathinaikos Opap Athens react during the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague match between Panathinaikos Opap Athens and Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade at Olympic Sports Center Athens on October 03, 2019 in Athens, Greece. (Photo by Panagiotis Moschandreou/Euroleague Basketball via Getty Images) understands Greek Basketball giant Panathinaikos has rescinded its decision to leave the EuroLeague competition.

The continental tournament is highly ranked in the world but Panathinaikos Owner Dimitri Giannakopoulos announced the intention to leave as he put the team up for sale.


However, according to greekcitytimes, the team has agreed to compete in the 2020-2021 season after Giannakopoulos announced the club’s desire to compete in the Basketball Champions League instead.

After signing a 10 year deal to compete in the tournament, Panathinaikos was expected to pay 10 million euros before exiting.

Bentil celebrates a basket against Barcelona in EuroLeague

The Greek side registered 14 wins and 14 losses in the tournament and ranked sixth and was on pace to compete in the playoffs before the corona virus forced campaign’s cancellation.

Ghana Forward Ben Bentil played his first season for Panathinaikos last season after completing a two year deal from fellow Greek side Promitheas.

Bentil with teammates

He had a decent run in the EuroLeague-averaged four points in limited minutes-compared to domestic league games.

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah

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