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

High-Ranking VIPs Expected at GSSE

NICOSIA, 12 May 2009 - The Games of the Small States of Europe are an important sports and social event for European nations with populations of less than a million people.

For this reason, the main Opening Ceremony of the XIII GSSE CYPRUS 2009, as well as the actual competition events will be attended by state leaders, ministers and other high-ranking officials who are expected in Cyprus.

The Organising Committee has already sent invitations to all the state leaders whose nations will take part in the XIII GSSE, that will be hosted in Cyprus between 1 and 6. Invitations have also been sent to the respective Foreign Ministers and Ministers of Sports.

CYPRUS 2009 also did not neglect in its duty to invite the presidents of the National Olympic Committees.

For the Opening Ceremony, the President of the International Olympic Committee Jacques Rogge was invited to attend, but had to decline due to prior engagements. A representative of the IOC will, however, attend the Opening Ceremony of the XIII GSSE, which will take place at the GSP Sports Complex, thus showing Mr Rogge's respect towards the efforts being made by smaller nations to uphold the Olympic Spirit and further spread the Olympic Movement.

Two other high-ranking officials have already accepted the invitations from the Organising Committee and will be on the island to attend the Games.

Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg (full name Jean Benoit Guillaume Robert Antoine Louis Marie Adolphe Marc d'Aviano) will be at the Opening Ceremony, as will Albert II, Sovereign Prince of Monaco. Both are heads of state in their countries.

The complete list of high-ranking officials, who were invited by CYPRUS 2009 to attend the will be finalised during the next few days. The offices of the Organising Committee are receiving responses to the invitations from the state leaders and ministers as well as from the presidents of the various Olympic committees on a daily basis.

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