BEIJING, 11 August 2008 -
Two Cypriot teenagers are part of the Youth Camp
organised on the sidelines of the 2008 Beijing Olympic
Games in the Chinese capital.
Loukia Trikomitou, a
Haris Koutras, hailing from Athletics, represent the island nation amongst 489
participants from all the 205 countries members of the
International Olympic Committee.
The Olympic Youth Camp was
first held in Stockholm 1912, when King Gustav invited
1500 boy scouts to set up their tents near the Olympic
Stadium of the Swedish capital and experience the Games
The Beijing 2008 Olympic
Youth Camp has a paid staff of 63, supported by 383
volunteers. It is also the first to include disabled
persons, including 10 from host China.
Most of the members are aged between 16 and 18, although
the youngest member is a 12-year-old Iraqi boy. They are
either outstanding youth or children of noble families,
especially those from some African countries.
The Beijing Olympic
Youth Camp opened last week and will run until 17
A similar Youth Camp
will be organised in June 2009 in Cyprus, during the
XIII Games of the Small States of Europe.
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(left) and Loukia Trikomitou in Beijing with
their official Olympic Youth Camp uniform.
(left), Loukia Trikomitou (centre) and foreign
friend in Beijing.