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Kontides and Kariolou continue their efforts in sailing

Pavlov Kontides of Cyprus competes during the first race of the Men's Lazer sailing competition in Rio (EPA)

Cyprus’ attention at the Rio Olympics focuses on sailing again today, with Pavlos Kontides and Andreas Kariolou competing this afternoon at the Marina da Glória.

According to Erodotos Miltiadous, the correspondent of the Cyprus Sports Writers Union (EAK), during his second day, silver Olympic medalist Kontides starts his first race in Laser sailing at 19.15 Cyprus time (16.15 GMT).

At the same time, Cypriot sailor Kariolou commences one of his three races today in the RS:X class.

On Monday, Kontides ended his first day in sailing in 19th place with 38 points, while Kariolou ranked 15th with 24 points.

Both athletes have said that nothing can be predicted, due to racing conditions in Rio that may bring a lot of changes until the final stages.

Kontides ended 7th in his first race and 31st in the second.

At the end of day one, Croatia`s Tonči Stipanović and Argentina`s Julio Alsogaray shared the first place with 6 points each.

From his part, Kariolou stated that he hoped to do better than the 15th place in his next races. Nick Dempsey from Britain leads this category with 2 points, followed by Dorian van Rijsselberghe from the Netherlands and Greece`s Byron Kokkalanis.

Meanwhile, Cyprus Sports Organization (CSO) Vice President Demetris Leontis represented the Minister of Education and Culture, Costas Kadis, at the 8th meeting of Commonwealth Sports Ministers, that took place in Rio.

The meeting was chaired by Australia`s Sports Minister Sussan Ley and was attended by 32 countries in total. Participants discussed sustainable development, the role of sports in health and protecting the integrity of sports.

Leontis referred to the “Sports for all” program, run by CSO, asking for the contribution of the Commonwealth in improving it.


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