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,[2] twenty years after the first Games held there in 1989.[3] Malta was scheduled for 2009 in the rotation, but were selected to host the games early in 2003.[4] The organizing committee estimates the cost at 1.5 million euros for all events.[5]

XIII Games of the Small States of Europe
Logo inspired by the Kyrenia ship[1]
Country Cyprus
Nations participating8
Athletes participating1,500 (expected)
Opening ceremony1 June 2009
Closing ceremony6 June 2009
Officially opened byDimitris Christofias
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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.[6] The principal sponsor of the event was Coca-Cola in a deal worth €140,000.[7]


Participating countries were:

  1.  Andorra
  2.  Cyprus
  3.  Iceland
  4.  Liechtenstein
  5.  Luxembourg
  6.  Malta
  7.  Monaco
  8.  San Marino

Montenegro, although eligible, did not participate. A record 1,500 athletes were expected to participate in the event.[5]

Official logo and mascot

The official logo and the mascot, Tefkros the dove were revealed on the official website on May 14, 2008.


Numbers in parentheses indicate the number of medal events contested in each sport.


Opening CeremonyEventsFinalsClosing Ceremony
Sport 01.06 02.06 03.06 04.06 05.06 06.06
Beach volley                            
Mountain biking       
Table Tennis                                   


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.[8][9]

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

Media coverage

Lumiere TV and the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation covered the event. Live transmission through Hellas Sat of many events was covered in High Definition. Two daily summaries were also released.[10]

Medal Count

Final Medal Table

  *   Host nation (Cyprus)

1 Cyprus (CYP)*594733139
2 Iceland (ISL)32242581
3 Luxembourg (LUX)26171962
4 Monaco (MON)7181742
5 San Marino (SMR)491629
6 Malta (MLT)351321
7 Liechtenstein (LIE)241218
8 Andorra (AND)17917
Totals (8 nations)134131144409


  1. "CYPRUS 2009 Logo and Mascot Manual" (PDF). Cyprus Olympic Committee. 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-16.
  2. "Cyprus to host small European states' games in 2009". People's Daily Online. Xinhua. June 5, 2007. Archived from the original on November 25, 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-12.
  3. "Monaco to host 2007 GSSE". Sports Business News. June 6, 2003.
  4. "Games of the Small States of Europe Update". Malta Olympic Committee. 4 February 2003. Archived from the original on 8 October 2007.
  5. "Cypriot organizers expect record high participation in games for small European states". Xinhua. February 17, 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-17.
  6. "Details of GSSE Ceremonies Unveiled" (PDF). 2009-04-29. Archived from the original on 2009-06-23. Retrieved 2009-05-03.
  7. "Η Coca-Cola "χρυσός Χορηγός" των 13ων Αγώνων Μικρών Κρατών Ευρώπης (Coca-Cola, the 'golden' sponsor of the XIIIth GSSE)" (PDF) (in Greek). 2009-03-13. Retrieved 2009-05-03.
  8. "XIII Games of the Small States of Europe CYPRUS 2009". Cyprus Olympic Committee. Archived from the original on 2012-02-13. Retrieved 2008-07-16.
  9. "XIII Games of the Small States of Europe CYPRUS 2009, Venues". Cyprus Olympic Committee. Retrieved 2008-07-16.
  10. Η μεγαλύτερη τηλεοπτική παραγωγή (PDF) (in Greek). Cyprus Olympic Committee. 2009-05-23. Retrieved 2009-05-24.
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