NICOSIA, 1 June 2009 –
One day before the
grand opening of the XIII Games of the Small States of
Europe, the President of the Cyprus Olympic Committee,
Ouranios Ioannides, welcomed all participating
delegations, VIPs, guests and media during a special
Welcome Ceremony at Olympic House, here, Sunday evening.
"I take this
opportunity to wish you every success in your
participation as well as a pleasant stay," said Mr
Ioannides, speaking before some 300 guests. "I call upon
you to take advantage of every opportunity to see the
beauties of our Island and experience the warm
hospitality of its people."
The President of the
European Olympic Committees, Patrick Hickey, also
greeted the participating nations, before presenting
representatives of the sports authorities of Cyprus with
The guests at the
Welcome Ceremony were treated to a performance by the
Choir of the COC and were also invited to sign a Guest
Book specially opened on occasion of the XIII GSSE.
"We know the ties of
friendship will only get stronger between Iceland,
Luxembourg, Andorra, Monaco, Liechtenstein, Malta, San
Marino and Cyprus, and hopefully tomorrow Montenegro
will be part of this family," concluded Mr Ioannides in
his welcome speech.