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

Cypriots Begin Competition in Pune:

PUNE, India, 12 October 2008 - Cyprus embarked on its III Commonwealth Youth Games 2008 quest here, with swimmer Anastasia Christoforou leading the delegation of 14 athletes as flag-bearer at the Opening Ceremony. The Ceremony, rich on the cultural heritage of India, also included an arch of water from the 71 participating countries. The water from Cyprus was carried by middle distance runner Stella Christoforou.

The week-long competition includes nine sports, with Cyprus represented in six (Athletics, Swimming, Tennis, Table Tennis, Boxing and Shooting). Cyprus will not be competing in Badminton, Weightlifting and Wrestling.

The only other Small State of Europe to take part in the Commonwealth Games is Malta, which is fielding a total of twelve athletes, in Athletics and Shooting.

Neither Cyprus nor Malta have ever won medals in the previous two editions of the Commonwealth Youth Games, in Edinburgh 2000 and Bendigo, Australia 2004.

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