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

Cyprus Beach Teams Set Sights on Finals

LIMASSOL, 11 May 2009 - Preparation of the Cyprus Beach Volleyball Teams for the XIII Games of the Small States of Europe is in full swing, with head coach Manolis Roumeliotis having already made his selection of players. The final selection of players to represent the host country will be made just a few days before the start of the GSSE Beach Volleyball tournament, which will be held at the Limassol Sailing Centre facilities.

Yorgos Platrites, Paris Christofi, Yannos Elia, Andreas Zanes, Damianos Hadjidamianou and Gavriel Georgiou are currently vying for the men’s team, with Lora Hajikyriakou, Sophia Christophorou, Mariota Angelopoulou, Renata Constantinou, Despina Constantinou and Manolina Constantinou training to clinch the berths in the women’s team.

The Cypriot players are currently training in Cyprus, but are scheduled to travel to Greece next week for a series of practice matches there.

Beach Volleyball was introduced to the GSSE programme just four years ago, with the inaugural tournament held in Andorra in 2005 and the second one in Monaco in 2007. Cyprus’ sole distinction in the sport has been a bronze medal in 2005, with Despina Constantinou and Ioanna Lecheva.

“We want to gradually set the foundations that will provide our National Teams with proper training and preparation,” said Antonis Constantinou, a member of the National Teams Committee of the Cyprus Volleyball Federation. “Our goal for this year’s GSSE is for both of our teams to qualify to the final.”

All eight eligible countries have registered to participate in the men’s tournament in Limassol. Only Malta will be missing from the women’s event.

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