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Cyprus hopes for first place in Small European State Games
2005-05-24 13:53:16

Nicosia, May 24 (CNA) -- Cyprus will be participating in the Games of the Small States of Europe, which will take place in Andorra from May 30 to June 4, with 138 athletes, aiming at maintaining the first place it clinched in the previous biannual Games.

President of the Cyprus Olympic Committee Kikis Lazarides told a press conference yesterday that Cyprus would be claiming the 2009 Games, noting that after the next Games in Monaco, Cyprus would begin preparations for the 2009 Games.

''We have set some very high standards'' at the Games Cyprus organised a few years back ''and we cannot fall beneath them,'' Lazarides said, noting that to organise the Games Cyprus would need the assistance of 1,500 volunteers and ''quite an amount of money.''

Participating in this year's Games are Cyprus, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, San Marino and Malta.

Lazarides said Cyprus' aim was to win 33 gold medals, in order to clinch the first position in the Games.

Referring to the financial motives of the Cypriot athletes, Lazarides said the amounts reach 700 Cyprus pounds (approximately 1,400 US dollars) for the first place, of which 500 pounds go to the athlete and 200 to the coach. The second place gives the athlete 200 pounds and the third 100 pounds.

He said the amounts were reasonable and were within the financial potential of the Cyprus Sports Organisation.

Lazarides added that the first Cypriot mission departs for Andorra on May 29.

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