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

Beijing Youth Camp with Participants from Cyprus:

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 gymnast, and 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 first hand.

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 August.

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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Haris Koutras (left) and Loukia Trikomitou in Beijing with their official Olympic Youth Camp uniform. Haris Koutras (left), Loukia Trikomitou (centre) and foreign friend in Beijing.    
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