- 08 Apr 2019
- NOC News
Find here the latest news from the National Olympic Committee: events, courses, general assemblies and elections, trophies and much more.
31 January 2020
The former President of the Cyprus Olympic Committee, Ouranios Ioannides (photo), died on 30 January at the age of 75. He served two terms as NOC President, from 2008 to 2016. He was also Minister of Education (1999 – 2003) and President of the Cyprus Sports Organisation (1988 – 1994). A successful athlete in football and athletics, Ioannides was also elected as a Member of Parliament in the 1990s and served on the boards of numerous sports federations and clubs. More info at www.olympic.org.cy.
08 April 2019
The NOCs of Cyprus and Poland have renewed their Memorandum of Understanding for another four years. The agreement was signed at the Olympic House in Nicosia (Cyprus) by the presidents of the two NOCs, Dinos Michaelides (left in photo) and Andrzej Kraśnicki (right), with the Polish Ambassador to Cyprus, Irena Lichnerowicz-Augustyn, also in attendance. The MoU covers exchanges of athletes and specialists in sport and Olympic education, and encourages athletes to participate in sports events held in the two countries. The Polish delegation’s visit also included a meeting with the Cypriot Minister for Education, Culture, Sport and Youth, Kostas Champiaouris, a tour of the Cyprus Olympic Museum and an extraordinary meeting with the Executive Committee of the Cyprus NOC. More info on www.olympic.org.cy.
26 March 2019
In February, the NOC of Cyprus organised the “Sports Management – Strengthening Women in Decision-Making Positions” programme. Following 30 educational hours in two phases, the 35 women each received a diploma. The courses were made possible after the 2017 Women in Sport Trophy for Europe was presented to former EU Commissioner for Sport Androulla Vassiliou. More info at www.olympic.org.cy.
20 december 2018
“Athletes as Role Models” was the main topic of the 30th Session of the Cyprus National Olympic Academy, which took place on 8 December at the Olympic House in Nicosia. More than 200 officials, coaches, athletes, students and journalists attended the Session. Amongst the attendees were the Minister for Education and Culture, Kostas Champiaouris; the Advisor on Sports Matters to the President of the Republic, Phivos Zachariades; and the Director of the Bulgarian National Olympic Academy, Lozan Mitev. Having welcomed the participants, the President of the Cyprus NOC and Olympic Academy, Dinos Michaelides, paid tribute to Egli Pantelaki, the General Director of the Ministry of Education, who is due to retire, for her contribution to youth, education and Cypriot society. Speakers included Periklis Iakovakis, the Chair of the European Athletics Athletes’ Committee; Paraskevi Lioupi, Professor at Peloponnese University; Chrysanthos Chrysanthou, Director of the Cyprus Olympic Library; and Olympic shooter Andreas Chasikos. More details at www.olympic.org.cy.
24 September 2018
On 15 September at Olympic House in Nicosia, the NOC of Cyprus celebrated Olympic Day 2018, in the presence of many athletes, more than 15 national federations and hundreds of fans. The programmes included two runs: an 800m dash for children under 15, and a 5km run for teens and adults, as well as demonstrations in various sports. Fans could also try out numerous sports. This 2018 edition was co-organised by the NOC and the Strovolos Municipality. More info here.
7 August 2018
Cyprus Olympic Committee
The Cyprus Olympic Committee has announced the death of one of the most important figures in Cypriot sport and a pioneer of women’s sporting rights on the island, Iro Mitsidou (r, on photo), who passed away aged 87 on July 25. Mitsidou, a track and field athlete, won Pan-Hellenic accolades during the 1940s before going on to serve as a Cypriot sports official. She became the first ever woman to serve on the boards of the NOC (2003), the Cyprus Sports Organisation (1988) and the “Pancyprian” Gymnastics Club (1990), the very athletics club she competed for. More info at www.olympic.org.cy.
11 June 2018
The Cyprus Olympic Committee has established a sports management training programme for women. The initiative, which started in May 2018 and will carry on until the end of the year in Nicosia, is being overseen by the NOC’s Women and Sports Commission, and has been made possible thanks to the 2017 IOC Women and Sport Award for Europe, which was presented to former European Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou. The “Promoting women as sports executives” programme is aimed solely at female executives and covers a broad range of sports management topics, with the contribution and participation of distinguished trainers, sports experts and renowned athletes from Cyprus and other countries. The first session of the 26-hour training course took place on 29 May and featured as a guest speaker Claudia Bokel, the Athens 2004 Olympic fencing champion and former member of the IOC Executive Board. More info on www.olympic.org.cy.