Cyprus Olympic Committee
Cyprus Olympic Committee logo
|Headquarters||Olympic House, Strovolos, Nicosia, Cyprus|
|Secretary General||Charalambos Lottas|
The Cyprus Olympic Committee (COC) (Greek: Κυπριακή Ολυμπιακή Επιτροπή) was established in 1974 and in 1979 was recognised by the International Olympic Committee. It is responsible for promoting the Olympic ideals on the island and for ensuring that Cyprus is represented with athletes at the Summer and Winter Olympic Games as well as at other regional and continental multisport Games.
Members of the Committee are 31 Sports Federations, which elect the Executive Council composed of the president and eleven members.
Mission and Games
The Cyprus Olympic Committee is responsible for safeguarding and implementing Olympism and the Olympic ideals in Cyprus. It’s also responsible for supporting, entering and overseeing teams for the Olympic Games, European Games, Commonwealth Games, Mediterranean Games, Games of the Small States of Europe and other Junior-level multisport competitions such as the Youth Olympic Games, the Summer and Winter European Youth Olympic Festival and the Youth Commonwealth Games.
The Cyprus Olympic Committee was founded on June 10, 1974 and became a member of the International Olympic Committee in 1979. Prior to that, Cypriot athletes competed in international events representing Greece. Amongst the most well known Cypriots who have represented Greece are Ioannis Frangoudis (triple shooting medalist in Athens 1896), Aristidis Konstantinidis (cycling gold medalist in Athens 1896), Stavros Tziortzis (7th in the 400m. hurdles in Munich 1972) and Lakis Georgiou Psimolofitis (8th in skeet shooting in Munich 1972).
Cyprus’ first ever Olympic participation came in the Winter Games of 1980 at Lake Placid in United States, while the debut of Cyprus in the Summer Olympics came six months later in Moscow. Since then, Cyprus is present at every Summer and Winter Olympic Games as well as other multisport events in continental and world level.
The greatest accomplishment for Cyprus at the Olympics came in London 2012, when Laser sailor Pavlos Kontides won the silver medal, which is (as of 2017) the only Cypriot Olympic medal. Other successes for Cyprus at Olympic level was the 4th and 5th place by Antonis Nikolaidis and Georgios Achilleos respectively at the Beijing 2008 skeet shooting event, and the placing of six athletes (Kyriakos Ioannou, Pavlos Kontides, Milan Trajkovic, Apostolos Parellis, Dimitrios Chondrokoukis and Marios Georgiou), in their event finals in the Rio 2016 Games.
The COC twice hosted the Games of the Small States of Europe, in compliance with the hosting rotation of the participant countries. The capital Nicosia hosted the III Games in 1989 while the event returned to the island in 2009 for the XIII Games with Nicosia and Limassol hosting events.
List of presidents
Since 1974, five individuals served as President of the Cyprus Olympic Committee. The longest term was that of Kikis N. Lazarides who served as president between 1984 and 2008. Current president is Dinos Michaelides who was elected in June 2016 for the remainder (five months) of the Ouranios Ioannides presidency and was re-elected in November 2016.
|Kikis N. Lazarides||1984–2008|
Following the scheduled elections for the four-year circle until 2020, in November 2016, Mr Dinos Michaelides was re-elected president. Mr Michaelides was first elected president five months earlier, in June 2016, when Ouranios Ioannides resigned due to health issues.
Mr Dinos Michaelides is a former athletics champion who represented Greece in the 60s, while after retiring as an athlete he served Cypriot sports as a gymnast, coach and official in various positions.
The 2016-2020 committee of the COC is represented by:
- President: Dinos Michaelides
- Vice president: Georgios Chrysostomou
- Secretary General: General Charalambos Lottas
- Cashier: Damianos Hadjidamianou
- Members: Yiotis Ioannides, Rea Georgiou, Sotos Trikomitis, Michalis Krashias, Sofoklis Charalampidis, Georgios Papageorgiou, Ioannis Photiou, Andreas Chasikos (president of the Athletes Committee)
The Cyprus National Federations are the organizations that coordinate all aspects of their individual sports. They are responsible for training, competition and development of their sports. There are currently 29 Olympic Summer and 2 Winter Sport Federations in Cyprus.
|National Federation||Summer or Winter||Headquarters|
|Cyprus Archery Federation||Summer||Olympic House, Nicosia|
|Cyprus Athletics Federations||Summer||Olympic House, Nicosia|
|Cyprus Badminton Federation||Summer||Olympic House, Nicosia|
|Cyprus Basketball Federation||Summer||Olympic House, Nicosia|
|Cyprus Boxing Federation||Summer||Olympic House, Nicosia|
|Cyprus Canoe Federation||Summer||Olympic House, Nicosia|
|Cyprus Cycling Federation||Summer||Olympic House, Nicosia|
|Cyprus Equestrian Federation||Summer||Nicosia|
|Cyprus Fencing Federation||Summer||Olympic House, Nicosia|
|Cyprus Football Federation||Summer||Engomi, Nicosia|
|Cyprus Gymnastics Federation||Summer||Olympic House, Nicosia|
|Cyprus Golf Federation||Summer||Olympic House, Nicosia|
|Cyprus Handball Federation||Summer||Olympic House, Nicosia|
|Cyprus Hockey Federation||Summer||Nicosia|
|Cyprus Judo Federation||Summer||Olympic House, Nicosia|
|Cyprus Karate Federation||Summer||Olympic House, Nicosia|
|Cyprus Pentathlon Federation||Summer||Olympic House, Nicosia|
|Cyprus Rowing Federation||Summer||Limassol|
|Cyprus Rugby Federation||Summer||Olympic House, Nicosia|
|Cyprus Sailing Federation||Summer||Limassol|
|Cyprus Shooting Federation||Summer||Olympic House, Nicosia|
|Cyprus Skating Federation||Winter||Nicosia|
|Cyprus Ski Federation||Winter||Olympic House, Nicosia|
|Cyprus Swimming Federation||Summer||Olympic House, Nicosia|
|Cyprus Table Tennis Federation||Summer||Olympic House, Nicosia|
|Cyprus Taekwondo Federation||Summer||Olympic House, Nicosia|
|Cyprus Tennis Federation||Summer||Olympic House, Nicosia|
|Cyprus Triathlon Federation||Summer||Nicosia|
|Cyprus Volleyball Federation||Summer||Olympic House, Nicosia|
|Cyprus Weightlifting Federation||Summer||Olympic House, Nicosia|
|Cyprus Wrestling Federation||Summer||Olympic House, Nicosia|
Olympic House and Museum
The Olympic House, headquarters of the COC, opened in September 16, 2006 in a ceremony attended by the then President of the Republic of Cyprus Tassos Papadopoulos and president of the IOC Jacques Rogge. The three-story building houses almost every sporting federations of the island, including sports which aren’t on the Olympic schedule. The Olympic House covers an area of 7500 m2 and cost 5,63 million Cyprus pounds. The Olympic House also houses the Cyprus Olympic Museum, which spans since 2012 on all three floors of the building. More than 400 artifacts are on display in the Olympic Museum, including the suit worn by Pavlos Kontides at London 2012, a medal won by Theofanis Theodotou in the Zappas Olympics in 1888 and sporting gear of the 1946 Boston Marathon winner Stylianos Kyriakides.
Events and awards
In a way of implementing the beliefs and ideals of the Olympic Movement, the COC organizes events which inspire people and the younger generation. The special events vary from year to year and include multisport events as well as local and national events. These are the Olympic Day, Pierre de Coubertin student conference, National Olympic Academy conference, Olympic Education program, Woman in Sport conference, Award Banquets for the best junior athletes, Fair Play ambassador appointment. The COC also organizes events which target to integrate and introduce sports to persons from sensitive groups such as refugees.
The Cyprus Olympic Committee is supported by a number of sponsors, with the funds assisting the participation of the country in international events and for the organization of various non-sporting events.
The COC is present on social media, with the Press Office of the Committee running an official Facebook page, as well as Twitter and Instagram accounts, all with the same handle @cyprusolympic.
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