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Cyprus will have its own Olympic complex by next Autumn
2005-01-13 13:26:11

Nicosia, Jan 13 (CNA)--Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos laid here Wednesday the foundation stone of the Olympic House and Park, expected to be concluded by the Autumn.

Papadopoulos said the complex, at an estimated cost of five million Cyprus pounds (around 10 m. US dollars), will be one of the biggest and most important projects on the island with regard to sport.

He said the government has provided state-owned land in which the complex is being constructed as well as a large part of the total cost.

The complex is located in a 7.500 square meters area and will incorporate conference halls, a library and a multipurpose hall, a theme park and a music room. It will house all the Federations registered with the Cyprus Olympic Committee (COC).

''Providing the necessary infrastructure with modern amenities and offering incentives to athletes is one of our priorities as far as our sport policy is concerned,'' Papadopoulos said.

Sport, he said, is a central pillar of the government programme, noting that government commitments to sport are not just ''empty promises.''

COC President and International Olympic Committee member Kikis Lazarides said the Olympic House is expected to be concluded in Autumn this year, adding that the Committee will encourage students to visit the complex.

Lazarides said that once the complex has been completed, the COC will aim to spread the Olympic ideals and values even further.

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