NICOSIA, 1 June 2009 - Cyprus
embarks on its Judo adventure at the XIII Games
of the Small States of Europe with three big names all of
whom aim at gold in their categories.
Aleksandar Manev will take part in the Under-81kg and Neoklis Skouroumounis will
compete in the
also aims at a gold metal in the women's event, with Popi Stavrinou
set high standards in the Under-52kg category. She is
the most experienced athlete and has prepared
especially for CYPRUS 2009 hoping to win the gold medal.
will also be represented by Cristodoulos Zeniou (Men's Under-100kg) and Despina Panagyotou (Women's
Iceland, San Marino and Monaco have always been the
traditional rivals of Cyprus at Judo.
semifinals and finals of the opening day of competition,
on Tuesday 2 June,
will begin at 16.00 and will be broadcast live from CyBC2
(RIK2) and by satellite through Hellas Sat.
Judo events will be held at the "Lefkotheon" Indoor Hall
president of the International Judo Federation, Markus Vizer,
attending the first day.