The sports sector needs a “restart” President Nikos Christodoulides said on Wednesday adding that it is imperative to proceed with the establishment of a Deputy Ministry of Sports.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the Nasos Constantinou training centre of the Paphos football club at Geroskipou, the president referred to the need for the Cyprus Sports Organisation (Koa) to evolve and be modernised and better organised.

Bad practices cannot be tolerated the president said, saying “we want and need clean sports, clean decisions and of course clean matches.”

The government is studying the country’s sports map very carefully and, through consultation with civil society, gaps in legislation, facilities, and human resources will be noted, the president said.

Christodoulides said the new Paphos FC training centre was “a real jewel for Cyprus’ sports”, which will serve the needs of the academies, bringing athletics to the country’s youth.