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

Criteria For Success: Results And Public Attendance

NICOSIA, 21 May 2009 - Cyprus Olympic Committee President, Ouranios Ioannides, expressed his optimism for Cyprus as a competitor and as a host in the XIII Games of the Small States of Europe, in an interview with the weekly newspaper 'Sports Sunday'.

"The success of the Games relies on how our athletes fare and also on the attendance of public," he said.

"The preparations have been completed in every sector and we are all ready to greet our guest officials and their athletes," added Mr Ioannides, stressing that the Games were expected to cost within the region of three million euro. The expenses will be covered by subsidies from the Cyprus Sports Organisation and the European Olympic Committees, as well as other sponsors, ticket entry revenue and souvenir sales.

With regards to volunteers he said, "It is not just the numbers that are important. We have a high turn-out of volunteers and would like to warmly thank everyone that has shown interest. The sector in which we faced the biggest problem was finding experienced drivers for our VIP guests but this has been resolved. All the Games' essential needs have now been attended to."

According to Mr Ioannides the Cyprus teams' prime objective is to secure first place in the medals rankings for the fourth continuous time.

Each federation has taken on the responsibility of preparing their athletes.

The teams' preparation is being overlooked by a panel of sports technical advisors coordinated by Antonis Giorgallidis.

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