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Paphos athletes to represent the region at international events

THE Paphos regional board of tourism has presented two Paphos athletes with ‘symbolic’ financial support.

A statement from the tourist board said: “It is with great pleasure and honour that within the framework of the board’s activities to promote the development of sports tourism, that we can offer some financial support to two excellent Paphos athletes.”

Demokritos Papadavid, 36, will compete in the upcoming Ironman in Tenesse, USA whilst Pampos Christodoulou (Rikkos), 37, will compete in the Gran Fondo world cycling championship in Albi, France this month. Both said they are proud to be representing Paphos and Cyprus.

Head of the regional board of tourism Nasos Hadjigeorgiou said: “These athletes are travelling overseas to compete in internationally renowned competitions and their presence will help towards promoting the region to other professional athletes that Paphos is a great destination for sports training,” he said.

Papadavid has set himself a challenge this year to represent Cyprus in the Ironman 70.3 World Championship and to qualify for the Ironman World Championship full distance.

He said that he is determined to do so and in order to reach this level, he has followed an intensive professional training programme with his coach for the past 3 years, and is fully committed to the sport.

“He will participate in the Ironman 70.3 World Championship to be held on 10 September in Chattanooga- Tennesee, USA, and seeks a decent position in the world ranking,” said Hadjigeorgiou.

Meanwhile, Pampos Christodoulou (Rikkos) is a member of the Evagoras Pallikaridis cycling group and will participate in the World Cycling Championship to be held in the Alps of France at the end of August 2017.

He won a silver medal at the Gran Fondo Rhodes international competition last April, and has since dedicated himself to a rigorous training programme.

Hadjigeorgiou said: “We wish our two excellent athletes every success and thank them warmly for proudly representing Cyprus and Paphos at such very important world-class events.”

As well as highlighting Paphos as a great place for sports training, the tourism board is also actively involved in promoting the region as a destination with high level events, such as the Paphos Triathlon, the Cyprus Marathon, Gran Fondo and more, he added.

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