Now that Greece has dealt with its fiscal emergency, it can turn its attention to another impending crisis: the physical fitness crisis.

A new survey published by the European Commission reveals that Greece scores at the bottom – along with Bulgaria and Italy – of a ranking of member states by sports participation. Just 3 per cent of Greeks play sports regularly, a fact that woud surely make the ancients pole vault in their graves. By contrast, Ireland came top of table with 23 per cent, closely trailed by the Nordic countries.