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

Sun, Sea and Party on the Beach

LIMASSOL, 18 May 2009 - One of the most beautiful stretches of the Limassol coastline is the venue of the Beach Volleyball tournament of the XIII Games of the Small States of Europe. The location of the National Beach Volleyball Centre, adjacent to the Limassol Sailing Centre, in the Aghios Tychonas suburb of Limassol, plus the combination of show and party atmosphere, with the sea and the warm sun of Cyprus make Beach Volleyball especially attractive to the spectators.

Construction for renovation of the existing courts is already underway and the sport's Technical Director, Marios Kontos, took the opportunity to elaborate on the works in progress: "There were two pre-existing Beach Volleyball courts at the venue, which covered our needs for domestic competitions. But for the XIII GSSE, the Organising Committee has authorised the construction of two additional courts that will be used during the Games for warming-up and training. The works also include widening the free zone between the existing courts and the improvement of the sand, so that it conforms with the specifications of the International Volleyball Federation."

The success of Beach Volleyball revolves around three axes, according to Mr Kontos: The good results of the Cyprus teams, the organisation of the tournament itself, plus the public's attendance: "I'm sure that we will be absolutely ready for the organisation of the tournament and our teams will have a successful run. We also expect the public's turnout to be as anticipated."

"The fact that all eight eligible countries have entered the men's tournament and that only Malta will be absent in the women's tournament, shows there is high interest in the sport," concluded Mr Kontos.

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