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

Beach Volleyball Sets the Bar High

NICOSIA, 15 May 2009 - While the sun, the sea and the beaches are the trademarks of Cyprus, Beach Volleyball has not developed accordingly and as a result there is not much Cypriots can expect from it during the XIII Games of the Small States of Europe.

Antonis Constantinou, member of the sport's Technical Committee, explained the reasons. "All athletes are actually indoor volleyball players. Unfortunately, we haven't had any infrastructure in Beach Volleyball. The athletes are very busy during the volleyball season with their teams and as a result, there is no time for them to prepare effectively on the sand. Moreover, Beach Volleyball athletes in Cyprus do not have the opportunity to participate in international tournaments and improve".

However, the fact that Cyprus will host the GSSE gives an extra initiative for success. "There are some teams which are definitely better and more improved than Cyprus. Some traditional forces are San Marino and Monaco in men and women respectively, but in any case we aim to reach the finals," added Mr Constantinou, setting high goals, considering that during the last two Games, in Monaco and Andorra, Cyprus settled for just a bronze medal in the women's tournament. "According to our potentials, we did our best to be competitive and win medals. At present we cooperate with experienced coach Manolis Roumeliotis, who has much knowledge on Beach Volleyball and has arranged for the National teams to prepare in Greece".

Menís and womenís teams from all eight countries represented at the GSSE will participate in Beach Volleyball. The selection of the Cypriot teams will be confirmed by the end next week.

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