Conferences / Workshops / Seminars
23rd Seminar of the Secretaries General and Chefs de Missions of the European Olympic Committees Union
The 23rd Seminar of Secretaries General and Chefs de Missions of the European Olympic Committees was a significant success. The seminar was held from the 26th to the 27th of April 2002 in Limassol. It is important to mention that the COC was invited to organise the same Conference in 1987. The seminar of the Secretaries General and Chefs of Missions and the General Assembly constitute the two most important events, which the Union organises annually.
The President of the European Olympic Committees and Italian Minister of Sports, Mr Mario Pescante said in public with respect to the organisation of the seminar: “Excellent job done”.
The Secretaries General of the European National Olympic Committees tackled various and important issues.
First of all, they tackled the issue of athletes using prohibited substances, which has plagued international sport and they decided to intensify their efforts and use all the available mechanisms to fight this trend. The use of anabolic steroids is considered as the biggest problem Sport faces, and dimensions are universal.
The participants were also informed of the progress accomplished with respect to the Organising Committees of the Olympic Games of Athens 2004, Turin 2006 and Bejing 2008.
During the conference the newly established Cyprus Athletes’ Committee met the Athletes’ Committee of the European Olympic Committees, presided by the world record holder in the pole vault, Serguei Bubka. During the meeting held within the framework of the conference, our country was represented by the following athletes: Stavros Michaelides, Dora Kyriacou, Andreas Vassiliou and Pambos Panayides. Sergey Bubka stressed that the Athletes’ Committee in Malta will be provided with every possble assistance needed to become active in 2003.
1ST SPORT TOURISM CONFERENCE: COC-CSO-CTO
The Cyprus Olympic Committee, the Cyprus Sports Organisation and the Cyprus Tourism Organisation co-organised the first conference on Sport Tourism, on the 8th April 2002 at the FORUM hotel.
More than 100 participants attended. The conference aimed at raising awareness among all the involved institutions and individuals about the perspectives and the requirements with respect to sport tourism. This aim appears to have been achieved, considering the interest of the participants and the debate that took place afterwards.
All the speakers mainly stressed the fact that Cyprus has what is required to develop an enviable infrastructure and meet the needs of sport tourism.
The geographical location of Cyprus and the ideal climatic conditions of the island, combined with the excellent hotels and the sport facilities, ensure the development of sport tourism.
The necessity for correct planning and a collective effort to be made by all the interested parties were also underlined in the conference. The fact that the British Olympic Committee has chosen Cyprus for the training of its athletes in view of the Parolympic Games was also welcome.