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National Olympic Committees Announce Cyprus Ready to Host GSSE
2008-06-19 10:32:40

Nicosia, Jun 17 – Cyprus is preparing in earnest to host next year’s Games of Small States in Europe and hopes to organize the best ever Games, with the highest number of participants and the best facilities, according to the organizers of the Games.

“Cyprus’ goal is to host in the beginning of June 2009 the best GSSE ever,” the President of the Cyprus Olympic Committee, Kikis Lazarides, said today.

Speaking at a press conference after the conclusion of the meeting of the Executive and Technical Committees of the GSSE, Mr. Lazarides stated that “our goal is a perfect competition, with the involvement of the whole of Cyprus and especially the youth of our country”.

He noted that the XIII GSSE is “a matter of national importance” and that the Organizational Committee is happy to enjoy the support of the government of Cyprus and all the sports authorities.

According to the preliminary inscription of athletes that will take part in Cyprus 2009, as submitted at the meeting of the Technical Committee, there will be a total of 1,136 competitors, a new record high as the previous record was 793 athletes in Andorra 2005.

After Cyprus, the largest delegation will be that of Luxembourg with 173 athletes participating in the Games.

“Taking into account the team officials, coaches, trainers, referees and judges, journalists, members of the Olympic Family, participants in the Youth Camp and visiting spectators and fans, we expect that from the 1st until the 6th of June 2009 we will host about 2,000 guests in Cyprus” Mr. Lazarides said.

The Executive Committee approved today the regulations of each sport, based on the tentative entry lists and it will be issuing the complete and detailed final competition schedule very soon, he added.

Lazarides also presented an ambitious plan for Mass Media and for communications. The official website of the Games (www.cyprus2009.org.cy) was launched last month and is already providing visitors with information for the Games.

The Press Office will be staffed by 25 sports journalists and editors plus 160 technicians, in addition to specialist and non-specialist volunteers.

A Main Press Center will operate in Nicosia offering all necessary facilities to the accredited members of the Press. Local Press Centers will also operate in each venue. A Photo Center will also be set up for the convenience of photographers. The Press Office will publish a daily newspaper in both Greek and English for the duration of the Games, with results and information from all sports.

Officials from the National Olympic Committees, who participated in a meeting of the Executive Committee for the 13th Games of the Small States of Europe 2009, departed from Cyprus having determined that the country is ready to organize the 13th Games.

According to a Cyprus Olympic Committee press release, the officials were impressed with the Cypriot hospitality and issues of substance, concerning the Games themselves.

The officials discussed various technical issues and visited the hotels to host the teams, as well as the sports facilities in Nicosia and Limassol.

President of the Malta Olympic Committee Lino Farrugia Sacco said ''we have no doubt that Cyprus is ready to organize the Games,'' adding that ''the degree of readiness of the Organizing Committee is very high.''

He also said he was impressed by the logo of the Games, which is the ancient ship of Kyrenia, which brings to mind ''the substantive aim of the Games, which is peace, friendship and healthy competition.''

President of the Luxembourg Olympic Committee Marc Theisen said he ''gathered the impression that the Games could begin tomorrow,'' noting that the level of readiness was ''very high.''

''All facilities are ready and impressive,'' he said, adding that he had no doubt that ''Cyprus will organize very good Games.''

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