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CYPRUS 2009 - One Year To Go:

NICOSIA, 31 May 2008 - We are down to one year from the XIII GSSE CYPRUS 2009. One year from now, on 1 June 2009, the Opening Ceremony of the Games will set the tone for the five following competition days for the 12 sports included in the programme. CYPRUS 2009 is considered to be the greatest challenge in 20 years for sporting Cyprus. The last such challenge was in 1989, when Cyprus hosted the III GSSE - a competition that even today remains a point of reference in the Olympic Movement and the international sporting community.

On the occasion of the one year countdown to CYPRUS 2009, the president of the Cyprus Olympic Committee issued the following statement:

"In 365 days, from 1 until 6 June 2009, we are called upon to organise the best GSSE ever. Our first care is a flawless organisation with the conscious involvement of all Cypriots and especially the youth of our country. At the same time we hope to upgrade the Games to a level never witnessed before. Our level of preparation for CYPRUS 2009 is already high, but an even greater effort in all fields will be necessary in the remaining 365 days. We enjoy the support of the Government of Cyprus and all the sports organisations of the country, we already have in place the bulk of the excellent facilities that will host the competition, we are ready to offer the highest level of services to all our guests, and we shall strive to promote the GSSE to Cyprus and the whole of the world.

It is indicative of the importance of the XIII GSSE that the President of the International Olympic Committee, Jaques Rogge, the President of the European Olympic Committees, Patrick Hickey, the President of the International Mediterranean Games Committee, Amar Addadi, and the President of the Organising Committee of the 2012 Olympic Games, Sebastian Coe, have all accepted our invitations and will honour us with their presence in June 2009.

On 13 and 14 June 2008 we will be hosting in Cyprus the conferences of the Executive and Technical Committees of the XIII GSSE. The delegates will be able to tour the venues and will also be briefed on the planned television production and broadcasting rights for foreign media.

But the soul of any great competition is its volunteers. We will shortly embark on a Volunteer Programme, through which we will seek the support and active participation of all those who wish to follow this great challenge for sports and for our country. We are positive that the response will be so great that it will satisfy all our needs.

We also have an aspiration that CYPRUS 2009 will prove a great success for our athletes. In cooperation with the Cyprus Sports Organisation we are already implementing a special  plan for the XIII GSSE. As of September 2008 we will begin the specialised preparation for all sports. The first place in the medals table is our primary goal and we will try our best to achieve this."

Officials of the Organising Committee of CYPRUS 2009 met with the directors of the sports on Thursday 29 May, to discuss matters of technical regulations, sports equipment and the needs of each sport in volunteers. Taking part in the meetings were the Executive Dierector of CYPRUS 2009, Alekos Spanos, the Administrative Director, Andreas Stavrou, the Deputy Director Olga Piperidou, and the Director of Sports and Venues, General Director of the Cyprus Sports Organisation, Costas Papacostas.

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