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

Cyprus Ready to Start Games Today:

NICOSIA, 17 June 2008 - The delegates that took part in the two-day meetings and inspection visits for the XIII Games of the Small States of Europe CYPRUS 2009 departed Cyprus highly satisfied with the progress of the preparations for the big event, next year.

The delegates took part in meetings of the Executive and Technical Committees of the GSSE and also visited the venues and hotels that will be used during the Games.

"We have no doubt that Cyprus is already ready to host the XIII GSSE," said Lino Farrugia Sacco, president of the National Olympic Committee of Malta (right). "When we have received satisfactory answers to all serious matters and our only worry is the air conditioning in one of the venues, we can safely say that Cyprus has a very high level of preparedness. I have been involved in the Olympic Movement for 20 years and I think that I am in a position to judge that Cyprus is not just raising the bar, but that the organisers are doing an excellent job. CYPRUS 2009 has the good fortune to have Kikis Lazarides at the helm, a man with vast experience in the Olympic Movement. I am sure that he and his colleagues will deliver exactly what they have promised."

The President of the Luxembourg Olympic Committee, Mark Theisen (left) said that Cyprus is ready to organise the Games today. "Following the presentation of the organisers, I have been convinced that Cyprus can organise the Games right away. There is no doubt that Cyprus will organise excellent Games. There is enthousiasm, which is vital to the success and all the right people have been appointed in the right positions". His only worry seems to be the traffic. "We were on the road during rush hour and especially for athletes that will have to travel across town, it won't be easy. I am sure, however, that the organisers will do their best to solve the problem," concluded the President of the Luxembourg Olympic Committee.

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