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Latest update: 08/06/2009 18:18 +0300

First CYPRUS 2009 Press Conference Held in Nicosia:

NICOSIA, 14 May 2008 - The pre-Games period for the XIII Games of the Small States of Europe CYPRUS 2009 officially began today, when the logo, mascot and website of the competition were presented. "We have already done a lot of work until today, but the next 12 months we will intensify our efforts," said Cyprus Olympic Committee Presdient, Kikis N. Lazarides.

Pericles Christoforides, the creator of the logo and mascot of CYPRUS 2009, presented his creations and explained the concept and inspiration that led him to use the the ship of Kyrenia for the logo and the white dove for the mascot.

A special presentation was also made of the official website of CYPRUS 2009, which was also launched today.

In addition, President Lazarides announced that final decisions have been made concerning the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of CYPRUS 2009, but details will remain closely guarded secrets until the Games. "The Opening Ceremony will be held at the GSP Sports Complex, but the location of the Closing Ceremony will be a surprise," said President Lazarides.

Photos for Press Use, free of rights (click on a thumbnail for higher resolution)

The panel (left to right): Olga Piperidou, Andreas Stavrou, Kikis Lazarides, Alekos Spanos, Clea Hadjistephanou-Papaellina

Pericles Christoforides, creator of the logo and mascot

Constantine Dimaras, presenting the website Press Conference room at Olympic House

 

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