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

Cyprus Welcomed at Olympic Village:

BEIJING OLYMPIC VILLAGE, 9 August 2008 - The Cyprus delegation at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games officially took up residence at the Olympic Village in the Chinese capital, following the Welcome Ceremony held here today, with the attendance of the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Dimitris Christofias and the President of the Cyprus Olympic Committee, Kikis N. Lazarides, as well as the athletes and other officials.

"We had the raising of the flag and the raising of our hearts," said Christofias after the flag of Cyprus was hoisted next to the flags of the other nations of the world participating in the Olympic Games of Beijing.

The President of the Cyprus Olympic Committee, Kikis N. Lazarides, and the Head of the Cyprus Delegation at these Olympic Games, Alecos Spanos, presented the Mayor of the Olympic Village, Chen Zhili, with a commemorative gift-a silver plate engraved with the Ship of Kyrenia, a floating symbol of the history and culture of Cyprus.

"The Olympic Games are the glorification of the brotherhood, friendship and peace. Cyprus is here to proudly give its own battle," said the President of the Republic. "Our flag paraded in the Olympic Stadium on Friday evening at the Opening Ceremony. Today it flies above the Olympic Village. Cyprus is here. Present at the ultimate sporting festival. We give our own battle on the fields of play, but above all our battle for the re-unification of our motherland. We seek a medal at these Olympic Games, but above all we seek the medal of peace."

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The flag of Cyprus flies over the Olympic Village in Beijing. President of the Republic of Cyprus, Dimitris Christofias, arriving at the Olympic Village. President of the Republic of Cyprus, Dimitris Christofias, arriving at the Olympic Village. Head of the Cyprus Delegation, Alecos Spanos (left) with the President of the Cyprus Olympic Committe, Kikis N. Lazarides.

Officials of the Cyprus delegation receive gifts from the Chinese organisers. Athletes and officials of the Cyprus delegation at the Olympic Village ceremony. Athletes of Cyprus at the Olympic Village ceremony. A choir of Chinese schoolchildren welcome the Cyprus delegation at the Olympic Village ceremony.
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