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

Cyprus Embarks on 2008 Olympic Quest:

BEIJING, 8 August 2008 - Cyprus is ready to embark on the Olympic quest, as the Games of XXIX Olympiad get underway here, Saturday. The delegation of Cyprus, comprising of a total of 17 athletes in six sports paraded before 100,000 spectators and billions of TV viewers worldwide, Friday evening, at the spectacular Opening Ceremony of the Games.

Twenty-eight-year-old shooter Giorgos Achilleos led the delegation as flag-bearer of Cyprus at the parade of the athletes.

Cyprus is fielding its strongest team ever at these Games, seeking its first Olympic medal since joining the Olympic Movement as an independent nation with the 1980 edition in Moscow. Cyprus will be represented in Athletics, Sailing, Shooting, Swimming, Archery and Weightlifting.

The first Cypriots to enter competition in Beijing are 25-year-old sailor Haris Papadopoulos in the Finn class and 20-year-old archer Elena Mousikou, who compete Saturday here.

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Shooter Giorgos Achilleos bearing the flag at the Opening Ceremony of Beijing 2008. Pole vaulter Anna Foitidou (left) and archer Elena Mousikou parade at the Opening Ceremony of Beijing 2008. The Cyprus delegation at the Beijing Olympic Games parade at the Opening Ceremony. The Cyprus delegation at the Beijing Olympic Games parade at the Opening Ceremony.
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