Cyprus competes in Francophone Games
CYPRIOT artists and sportsmen are
gearing up for the 6th âJeux de la Francophonieâ or Francophone Games
in Lebanon this month. It will be the first time the teams have been
eligible to compete in the games since Cyprus' accession to the
International Francophone Organisation in 2006.
The four-yearly games bring together around 3000 competitors from 70
French speaking countries and consist of seven sports and an array of
Cyprus will compete in two sporting events, basketball and beach
volleyball. The women's basketball squad will be made up from
Limassol's KV Imperial AEL, and the beach volleyball teams drawn from
the male and female national squads. Two referees, Antonis Demetrios
and Marinos Panayi will also be travelling to Lebanon for the sporting
events. Demetrious will referee the basketball, and Panayi the football.
Cyprus will also participate in two of the cultural events. Sebough
Voskeritchian, a photographer from Limassol, will represent Cyprus in
the photographic event and Alexis Vagianos, a painter who has exhibited
in Nicosia's K-Gallery, will showcase their work. Other artistic events
will include sculpture, photography, music, dance, literature,
painting, and storytelling.
Andreas Demetriou, The Minister for Education and Culture, said
yesterday: "Sport is one of the cornerstones of cultural integration.
Indeed for us Greeks this is both an experience and a belief, because
the Olympics started out in Greece as a cultural event. Greek Culture
and the culture of the Olympics are closely related, and they embody
the principles of fair play, solidarity and international unity that
mankind strives towards."
During the Games, Cyprus will also present a photographic exhibition
entitled "Archaeological sites and monuments of Cyprus, a World
Demetriou added: "The participation of our country at the Games of the
Francophonie is a very important event for our country as it will help
the promotion of Cyprus in Francophonic countries and the development
of the existing bilateral agreement with Lebanon for cultural and
The games, which first took place in 1989 in Morocco, will run from 27th September to the 6th October 2009.
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By Patrick Dewhurst