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Cyprus Through The XIII GSSE Logo

NICOSIA, 21 May 2009 - The promotion of the island character of Cyprus through the logo of the XIII Games of the Small States of Europe was the objective of the Arslonga Team (Angela Kylile, Vasiliki Ioannou, Demetres Soteriou, Yanna Nicolaou), headed by Perciles Christophorides. The Arslonga Team, in cooperation with the Cyprus Olympic Committee, eventually selected the Ship of Kyrenia.

"The Ship of Kyrenia includes three basic concepts," explained Mr Christophorides. "Firstly we have the overall image, which is on par with logos of Olympic Games, since our Games are dubbed 'the Small Olympics'. Secondly, we have the association of the ship with an island, such as ours. Thirdly we have an accurate graphic representation of the ancient Ship of Kyrenia, which helps remind that part of our country remains under military occupation."

The logo of the XIII GSSE is a floating ambassador of the history and culture of Cyprus, but also symbolises the aspirations of all Cypriots for a free homeland and for the return of all refugees to their homes.

Following the same concept, the Arslonga Team also designed the podiums for the Award Ceremonies of the XIII GSSE. "They resemble a boat in shape, so as to be in line with the logo and retain the reference to an island nation," said Mr Christophorides.

The torch which will be used to light the altar at the GSP Sports Complex during the Opening Ceremony on 1 June, has also been designed by the Arslonga Team. But it refers more to the history of the GSSE with the combination of the eight circles that represent the eight participating countries.

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