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27 Sep 2006
Olympic News

A Cyprus visit for President Rogge

Yesterday, the IOC President met with the President of the Republic, Tassos Papadopoulos at the presidential Palace, with whom he discussed the role and development of the Olympic Movement in Cyprus as well as the activities of the NOC. He was accompanied by the NOC President, Kikis Lazarides, and the IOC members, Vitaly Smirnov, Zhenliang He, Lambis V. Nikolaou, Richard L. Carrión and Patrick J. Hickey.
The IOC President also attended the inauguration of the new Olympic House of the Cyprus Olympic Committee in Nicosia, in the presence of the President of the Republic, Mr. Lazarides and the above-mentioned IOC members.
A new era for Cyprus
During the Olympic House inauguration ceremony, the IOC President thanked all parties involved in the sports movement and the government for their commitment to and concern for the well being of the people of Cyprus, and thus for promoting the values of Olympism and sport and the Olympic spirit.  He also recalled the excellent performances by Cypriot athletes on the international scene, with the example of tennis player Marcos Baghdatis, a finalist at the 2006 Australian Open, and the great results obtained at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and the 2005 Games of Small States of Europe in Andorra. President Rogge concluded his speech by congratulating NOC President Kikis Lazarides and all his team on their dedication to the development and promotion of sport for the benefit of future generations in Cyprus
27 years at the service of Olympism
Created in 1974, the Cyprus Olympic Committee was officially recognised by the IOC in 1979. Cyprus participated for the first time in the Olympic Games in 1980 at the XIII Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid. Later the same year, Cypriot athletes took part in the Games of the XXII Olympiad in Moscow. Since then, Cyprus has participated in every edition of the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, Mediterranean Games, Games of the Small States of Europe and the European Youth Olympic Festival.  Kikis Lazarides has been the NOC President since 1984.
The Cyprus Olympic House
The Olympic House is a major project for sport in Cyprus and indeed an important landmark in the activities of the Cyprus Olympic Committee. The Olympic House will be the core centre of sport in Cyprus. Its architecture expresses three basic dimensions, these being the components of the Olympic ideal.
- The universal dimension: cultivating and diffusing the Ancient spirit of Olympism, in the sense of cooperation, emulation and peace in the world.
- The historical dimension: preserving and reviving a 3,000 year-old concept.
- The sporting dimension: promoting simultaneous physical and spiritual exercise as an essential human activity.
This new building will host almost all the National Federations as well as the Olympic Museum. It is located in an area of 7,500 square metres, having a commanding position over the entry point to the capital.
Learn more about the Cyprus Olympic Committee
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