NICOSIA, 18 May 2009 - The name of
Kyriacos Ioannou will be cried out in full voice by the
crowds turning up to watch the Track and Field events at
the XIII Games of the Small States of Europe. The
Cypriot world champion will be on hand to help his
homeland secure as many medals as they can at the
"The High Jump level at the GSSE is low,
but I will take part anyway to give every bit of help to
Cyprus. These Games are also a good chance for training
ahead of other difficult competitions that are coming
up", said Ioannou.
The Cypriot champion is aware of just how
loved he is by the fans and how his participation at the
Games will draw more crowds. "If my participation at
these Games is important for the spectators, then my
targets increase. It is true that we want to draw crowds
at the Athletics events, because having support from the
crowd is an important boost, not only for me but also
for the other participating athletes."
very tough schedule lies in waiting
for Ioannou after the
is set to take part in the Pancyprian Games, the
European Cup, the Mediterranean Games and the World
Championship. At all competitions, Ioannou has set high
competition has its own value. The Mediterranean Games
are a big target but the World Championships are the
biggest of the year. But above all, I hope that I will
be fit enough. The rest is a matter of preparation and
concentration," he commented.
Ioannou will go abroad for training on
Monday, 18 May and is expected to return on the island
on Sunday, 31 May, the eve of the Opening Ceremony of
the XIII GSSE.