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

First Group of Olympic Delegation Departs to Beijing:

NICOSIA, 26 July 2008 - The first group of the Cyprus delegation to the Beijing Olympic Games, including Sailors, Swimmers and Weightlifters departs Sunday evening to the Chinese capital via Dubai. Heading the Cyprus delegation is Alecos Spanos, Technical Director of the Cyprus Olympic Committee.

"An Olympic medal is not an easy achievement," said Spanos on the eve of the departure of the delegation. "It would be most unfair to burden our athletes with the pressure of such a responsibility. What we request of them is to give it their best shot and, if possible, to surpass themselves. Competing against the top stars of world sports, all we require of our athletes is to feel the gratification and joy of participating in the Olympic Games."

Cyprus will be competing in Beijing with a total of 18 athletes in seven sports: Athletics, Swimming, Sailing, Shooting, Archery, Tennis and Weightlifting.

The next group is scheduled to depart Cyprus on Monday 4 August.

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