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

First Record of CYPRUS 2009 Broken:

NICOSIA, 13 June 2008 - A total of 1,136 athletes are expected to participate in the XIII Games of the Small States of Europe CYPRUS 2009, to be held 1-6 June next year. The eight participating countries submitted their tentative entry lists during the first day of meetings of the Executive and Technical Committees of the GSSE, hosted in Nicosia on 13 and 14 June. This breaks the previous record of 793 athletes that competed in the 2005 Games in Andorra.

"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," said the President of the Organising Committee, Kikis N. Lazarides, speaking at a Press Conference here today.

Following Cyprus, Luxembourg will have the most participants, with 173 athletes. Athletics will be the sport with the most participants, with 213 athletes, followed by volleyball (154), swimming (147) and basketball (132).

The OC President also gave information on the television coverage of the Games, announcing that Lumiere TV has been appointed the Host TV Broadcaster and will provide coverage of 21 events, including the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. "There will be four live feeds of seven to eight hours each every day, covering the whole of Cyprus, as well as countries overseas," said Lazarides. "The live feed will reach every single interested party across Europe and to our expats around the globe, through the Hellas Sat satellite. We will have at our disposal 4 large O.B. Vans and 50 high-tech cameras. Two television “packets” of 20 and 40 minutes each will be produced daily and distributed via satellite."

FULL ADDRESS OF THE OC PRESIDENT KIKIS N. LAZARIDES
ΟΛΟΚΛΗΡΗ Η ΟΜΙΛΙΑ ΤΟΥ ΠΡΟΕΔΡΟΥ ΤΗΣ ΟΡΓΑΝΩΤΙΚΗΣ ΕΠΙΤΡΟΠΗΣ ΚΙΚΗ Ν. ΛΑΖΑΡΙΔΗ

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

Delegates of GSSE countries at the Executive Committee Meeting

   
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