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

Staffing the Press Office and the Administration

NICOSIA, 13 May 2009 - The willingness to offer was clear during the meeting of the XIII Games of the Small States of Europe volunteers for the Administration and Press Office, here yesterday. General Advisor of the Organizing Committee, Dinos Michaelides; General Coordinator, Olga Piperidou; the Volunteers' Director, George Korellis; and Press Director, Iacovos Kakouris, all provided the volunteers with all the necessary information on how their program will work.

"The main target of the Press Office is the promotion of the event, whish has been evaluated by the President of the Republic as the 'Games of all Cyprus' and as a 'big bet and challenge' by the Cyprus Sports Organisation and the Olympic Committee. This is why we ask you to do everything you can to promote the GSSE, both in Cyprus and abroad," commented Ms Piperidou, thanking all the volunteers for their willingness to participate in the Games.

"We have set very high targets, because the GSSE is the event where twelve sports are represented by high-level athletes. Among everything else, we want to promote those athletes and their coaches, designate the organising effort and satisfy the sponsors. It makes us happy to know that the volunteers will have effect on that," said Mr. Michaelides.

Volunteers will work at every venue's Press Office, both in Nicosia and Limassol, as well as at the Main Press Centre in the Hilton Hotel. Among the priorities of the GSSE Press Office is providing information to all local and international journalists, the promotion of the actual competitions at all levels, plus cooperation with the Results Department and official website (www.cyprus2009.org.cy), which is directed by Constantinos Dimaras.

High-skilled volunteers, with good knowledge of foreign languages have been chosen for provision of crucial services.

At the meeting with the Volunteers of the GSSE Administration Headquarters, which will also be located at the Hilton Hotel, detailed information was given regarding the operation of different departments, including Transportation, Accommodation, Press Office, General Operations, Accreditations and the Protocol.

The Assistant Coordinator of the Games, Petros Patsias, and the Director of General Operations, George Terezopoulos, explained to the volunteers all they needed to know regarding their services before and during the event. The Games Headquarters will have the responsibility for everything taking place, excluding the actual competitions at the venues.

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