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After retiring from competition Nikolaidis became a deputy spokesperson for the SYRIZA political party in Greece. He'd been suffering from NUT carcinoma, a rare form of cancer, for more than two years and had reportedly undergone surgery on his lungs. In a moving final Facebook post, Nikolaidis discussed his fight with cancer and the people who stood by him then said he wanted his two silver medals auctioned off and the proceeds donated to charities for children.