2009 Games of the Small States of Europe
The 2009 Games of the Small States of Europe, also known as the XIIIth Games of the Small States of Europe were held in June 2009 among the participant nations in the Games of the Small States of Europe. The opening ceremonies were on June 1, and the closing ceremonies on June 6. The games were held in Cyprus, twenty years after the first Games held there in 1989. Malta was scheduled for 2009 in the rotation, but were selected to host the games early in 2003. The organizing committee estimates the cost at 1.5 million euros for all events.
|Athletes participating||1,500 (expected)|
|Opening ceremony||1 June 2009|
|Closing ceremony||6 June 2009|
|Officially opened by||Dimitris Christofias|
The opening ceremony took place at the New GSP Stadium. A world premiere composed by David Foster was performed by tenor Mario Frangoulis on Monday 1 June 2009. The principal sponsor of the event was Coca-Cola in a deal worth €140,000.
Participating countries were:
Official logo and mascotEdit
Numbers in parentheses indicate the number of medal events contested in each sport.
|●||Opening Ceremony||●||Events||●||Finals||●||Closing Ceremony|
The majority of events (6 of 12) were held in venues in Nicosia. The southern city of Limassol hosted Beach Volleyball, Gymnastics, Sailing and Swimming, whilst the Mountain Bike events were held at the National Park of Machairas at an average altitude of 700m.
Venues City/Locality Athletics GSP Stadium Nicosia Basketball Eleftheria Indoor Hall Nicosia Beach Volley Sailing Centre Limassol Cycling Mountain Bike Track Machairas Gymnastics Palais de Sport Limassol Judo Lefkotheo Indoor Hall Nicosia Sailing Sailing Centre Limassol Shooting Olympic Shooting Range Nicosia Swimming Limassol Swimming Pool Limassol Table Tennis Evangelos Florakis Indoor Hall Nicosia Tennis National Tennis Centre Nicosia Volleyball University of Cyprus Sports hall Nicosia Opening and Closing ceremonies GSP Stadium Nicosia
Final Medal Table
|5||San Marino (SMR)||4||9||16||29|
|Totals (8 nations)||134||131||144||409|
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