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Latest update: 08/06/2009 18:17 +0300

JUDO PREVIEW
Cyprus Looks To Hopeful Start

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 Under-66kg category.

Cyprus also aims at a gold metal in the women's event, with Popi Stavrinou having 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.

Cyprus will also be represented by Cristodoulos Zeniou (Men's Under-100kg) and Despina Panagyotou (Women's Under-63kg).

Iceland, San Marino and Monaco have always been the traditional rivals of Cyprus at Judo.

The 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.

The Judo events will be held at the "Lefkotheon" Indoor Hall with the president of the International Judo Federation, Markus Vizer, attending the first day.

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