NICOSIA, 16 May 2009 - "The XIII Games of
the Small States of Europe are, for us in Cyprus, an
opportunity and a challenge," said General Advisor of
CYPRUS 2009, Dinos Michaelides. "It is a great event
because its gives the Cypriot people the opportunity to
have an active role in any area, an opportunity to show
our capabilities whilst it is also a challenge because
it is our duty to succeed."
Mr Michaelides, who
lent us his views on the organisation and
the competition of the Games, is a man with a rich
involvement in sports as an 800m runner (a winner in
Cypriot, Greek and Balkan Games), but had also served as
the General Supervisor of the 1989 GSSE, when Cyprus
topped the medals rankings first for the first time.
huge effort has been made by the Executive Council of
the Cyprus Olympic Committee to host the Games. A lot of
people, including professionals in the field and former
officials with experience, were called into action. Now,
we are in the final phase.
Everything is almost finalised and it is
our hope that we will be totally ready come the Opening
Ceremony on 1 June. A total of 25 subcommittees were
introduced for the various areas of the event and they
have been working with great zeal. I believe they have
done some important work," said Mr Michaelides.
The organising body is also made up of a
large number of volunteers which the Games, according to
Mr Michaelides, will be depending on to be a success.
Speaking on the actual competition itself, Mr
Michaelides said, "Apart from the organisation we are
also looking towards success in the Games because we are
aiming to seal first place for the fifth time in the
history of the GSSE."
Cyprus ranked first in the 1989, 2003,
2005 and 2007 editions of the GSSE.
"The preparation of the athletes, who are
following a specialised training programmes, started a
while back and the tell-tale signs show that they are
totally ready for these Games. The National Federations
possess the capability and strength to succeed."
"The Organising Committee and the Cyprus
Olympic Committee are also giving particular emphasis on
hospitality and on highlighting our cultural heritage,"
concluded Mr Michaelides.