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NICOSIA, 14 May 2008 - Tefkros (Greek: Τεύκρος), also known as Teucer in English, was the son of Telamon, King of Salamis, by his wife Hesione, and half-brother to the hero of the Trojan War, Ajax. The ancient Kingdom of Salamis was located on the Saronic Gulf island of the same name, near Athens.

Tefkros was an excellent archer and highly regarded by Agamemnon, the King of Mycenae. Upon his return from Troy, Tefkros was refused entrance to Salamis by his father, who accused him of having failed to avenge the death of Ajax. Thus, Tefkros sought refuge in Cyprus with a handful of faithful followers.
As soon as he settled down, he founded a city (about 1175 BC) and built a temple to Zeus, whose ruins can still be seen today. Tefkros gave this new town the name of his childhood home, Salamis. Salamis of Cyprus, located four miles to the north of modern-day Famagusta, emerged into one of the most important ancient cities of Cyprus and flourished under King Evagoras (a descendant of Tefkros), before falling to the Romans in 306 BC.

The Mascot of the XIII Games of the Small States of Europe CYPRUS 2009, a white dove representing peace and carrying the torch of the GSSE, and named Tefkros, is the brainchild of Pericles Christoforides, who also designed the official logo of the Games.




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NICOSIA, 14 May 2008 - The official logo of the XIII Games of the Small States of Europe was unveiled during a Press Conference at Olympic House here today. The logo is a graphic representation of the Kyrenia Ship, a national symbol for Cyprus. The logo was the inspiration of designer Pericles Christoforides, who also designed Tefkros, the mascot of the Games.

The wreck of the 4th Century B.C. Greek merchant ship was found in 1967 off the coast of the city of Kyrenia, on the northern shores of Cyprus, by sponge diver Andreas Kariolou. She was salvaged a team of marine archaeologists from the University of Pennsylvania and is now housed, together with her cargo, at the Ancient Shipwreck Museum in Kyrenia Castle.

Archaeologists believe that the ship sailed the Mediterranean during the time of Alexander the Great and sank off Kyrenia anchorage due to rough seas about 300 B.C. She was already about 80 years old and had undergone extensive repairs when she foundered.
The wooden hull, made from Aleppo pine, measured 47 feet from bow to stern (of which 40 feet survive intact) and was 14½ feet across. Her estimated speed was 4 to 5 knots.

Carrying freight from Samos (amphorae), Kos (millstones) and Rhodes (wine), the ship was manned by a crew of four, judging by the utensils recovered (wooden spoons, oil jugs, salt dishes, drinking cups). The crew survived on almonds (a huge quantity of which was discovered intact) and any fish they managed to catch.
Several attempts have been made at recreating the Kyrenia Ship. The first project was launched in 1985 by Greek professors who built a full-size replica and named her Kyrenia II. Kyrenia II has visited many parts of the world as the floating ambassador of Cyprus, including New York (pictured, left) on the 17 cent Cyprus stamp as she sailed past the Statue of Liberty in 1986), Japan and Germany. After her visit to Japan, a second replica, named Kyrenia III, was constructed in Fukuoka and is housed at the Fukuoka City Museum.
A third replica was constructed in 2002 and named Kyrenia Liberty. Built with respect to the original design, but with modern techniques, Kyrenia Liberty sailed to Athens for the 2004 Olympic Games, carrying a a symbolic cargo of copper (whence Cyprus gets its name), to be used for minting the Olympic bronze medals.

The Kyrenia Ship, representing the island’s relationship with trade, shipping and the sea, throughout Cyprus history, features on the national side of the 0.50 (right), 0.20 and 0.10 cent coins of the euro. Cyprus joined the euro zone on 1 January 2008.

 

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from cyprus news agency

Cyprus is preparing in earnest to host next year’s Games of Small States in Europe and hopes to organise the best ever Games, with the highest number of participants and the best facilities, according to the organisers of the Games. “Cyprus’ goal is to host in the beginning of June 2009 the best GSSE ever,” the President of the Cyprus Olympic Committee, Kikis Lazarides, has said.

Speaking at a press conference after the conclusion of the meeting of the Executive and Technical Committees of the GSSE, Lazarides stated that “our goal is a perfect competition, with the involvement of the whole of Cyprus and especially the youth of our country”. He noted that the XIII GSSE is “a matter of national importance” and that the Organisational Committee is happy to enjoy the support of the government of Cyprus and all the sports authorities.

According to the preliminary inscription of athletes that will take part in Cyprus 2009, as submitted at the meeting of the Technical Committee, there will be a total of 1,136 competitors, a new record high as the previous record was 793 athletes in Andorra 2005. After Cyprus, the largest delegation will be that of Luxembourg with 173 athletes participating in the Games.
 
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