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

Limassol To Play Active Part In XIII GSSE

LIMASSOL, 19 May 2009 - Limassol, the second largest city of Cyprus after the capital Nicosia, with the largest port on the island, is the second (after Nicosia) pole of the XIII Games of the Small States of Europe. The sun and sea, the wonderful beaches, the rich cultural heritage which all attract hundreds of thousands of visitors every year, will be an extra incentive for the sporting public, from Cyprus or abroad, to visit this southern coastal city for any of the four XIII GSSE sports that will be held here.

Sailing and Beach Volleyball will be hosted at the Limassol Sailing Centre, in the Amathous area of the Ayios Tychonas suburb. The beach in front of the Sailing Centre facilities provides a unique combination of swimming and sunbathing opportunities, in parallel with the sporting action.

A little further to the west, on the coastal road that runs towards downtown Limassol, the Swimming Pool will host the Aquatics events of the XIII GSSE. The Pool, located just a few metres from the Cyprus Tourism Organisation Beach, has been completely renovated especially for the Games.

Swimming remains one of Cyprus' trump cards in the quest for domination in the medals table. The sport has contributed 213 GSSE in total, bringing it in second place for Cyprus, trailing only Athletics.

Gymnastics has also traditionally brought medals for Cyprus and this year the Gymnastics events will be held at the "Spyros Kyprianou" Sports Centre. Built in 2005, the 'Palais des Sports', as it is fondly referred to by the locals, is located in the Polemidia suburb, northwest of downtown Limassol.

Limassol will remain on the spotlight for the duration of the Games, with action on all five competition days. Beach Volleyball, Sailing and Swimming are scheduled for 2, 3, 4 and 5 June, with Gymnastics on 2, 3, 5 and 6 June.

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