The Cyprus Olympic mission to take part in the Summer Olympic Games next month was presented at a press conference yesterday Tuesday by the head of the Cypriot mission and Director General of the Cyprus Olympic Committee Olga Piperidou Chrysaphy.
Chrysaphy said that the main objective of this year’s Cyprus Olympic mission is to represent Cyprus at the 31st Olympic Games combining the competitive and dignified presence at the games with the excellent behaviour of all members of the mission promoting our country in the best possible way.
The Cyprus Olympic Team comprises of 17 athletes, eleven men and six women. They will be competing in eight different sports.
Seven athletes will be competing in track, road and field events, two apiece in shooting, swimming and sailing while four more athletes will represent Cyprus in cycling, tennis, gymnastics and weightlifting,
Pavlos Kontides, the Cypriot Olympic silver medalist in sailing will carry the Cypriot flag in the Opening ceremony of the Games.
The number of the athletes and the number of sports is higher than the average of the nine previous participations from 1980 onwards, Chrysaphy said.
Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades will also visit Rio between 3-8 August to attend the Olympic Games opening ceremony and view the first efforts of the Cypriot athletes.
The President of the Cyprus Olympic Committee Dinos Michaelides said that this year’s Cyprus Olympic Team might be the best team Cyprus has ever sent to the Games, adding that even if we do not win a medal, the fact that 17 Cypriot athletes have qualified for the Olympic Games is considered a great success by itself.
We are expecting that Cyprus will have a decent presentation in the Olympic Games, he concluded.