Cyprus is participating in the 17th Games of the Small States of Europe (GSSE) 2017 with a total of 143 athletes, specifically 82 men and 61 women, which begin on May 29 in San Marino and will last until June 3.
Head of the Cypriot team is Cyprus Olympic Committee (COC) President Dinos Michaelides and head of the mission is COC General Director Olga Piperidou.
Participating in the GSSE are nine countries, namely host San Marino, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Iceland, Monaco, Malta, Andorra, Montenegro, and Liechtenstein.
The Games include twelve disciplines, specifically tennis, table tennis, basketball, swimming, beach volley, handball, cycling, athletics, shooting, judo, archery, and bowls.
Speaking on Wednesday at a press conference in Nicosia to present the Cypriot mission, Michaelides said Cyprus will be participating in all disciplines, except bowls.
This year, he said, there would be a record number of athletes � almost 900 � competing in twelve disciplines, with over 120 games.
He added that the COC wanted to be part of the modernisation and upgrading of the games, and would be participating in the General Meeting to take place during the GSSE.
Michaelides also said that Cyprus’ aim was to secure first place.
Piperidou referred to the importance of the GSSE for Cypriot athletes, especially newcomers. She noted that the aim was to secure first place and that this year the athletes would be given an incentive to strive for gold medals.
SOURCE: CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY