The Cyprus Olympic Committee (COC) was established in 1974 and in 1979 it became a full member of the International Olympic Committee. These years have been marked by activities strongly linked to the ideals of the Olympics and also significant achievements, which have merited recognition and appreciation on an international level.
The first time Cyprus participated in international games officially under the auspices of the Cyprus Olympic Committee, was in 1980 in the 13th Winter Olympic Games held in the United States. Later, in the same year, Cyprus participated in the Summer Olympic Games, which were held in Moscow.
Since then, Cyprus has participated in all the major international events, providing its athletes with access to sporting events such as the Olympic Games, the Commonwealth Games, the Mediterranean Games, the Games of the Small States of Europe and the European Youth Olympic Festival. Even though Cyprus is a small country, Cypriot athletes have won international distinctions which the country is proud of.
The Cyprus Olympic Committee has acquired prestige through its remarkable activities. In 1982, Juan Antonio Samaranch visited Cyprus for the first time in his capacity as President of the International Olympic Committee.
In 1987, the National Olympic Academy was established in Nicosia during a glamorous ceremony. Every year, the Academy organises conferences with speakers and participants from the international world of sports.
In 2009, Cyprus successfully hosted the Games of the Small States of Europe and was atop of the medal board. The Games were so successful that they became a reference point for the European Olympic Committees. It is worth mentioning that the Cyprus Olympic Committee played a pioneering role in institutionalising them.
The status of the Cyprus Olympic Committee within the IOC and international sport circles is constantly being upgraded. The COC has signed protocols for co-operation with other countries. It successfully organises two events each year, a seminar on the Union of the European Olympic Committees and the Meeting of the Union’s Executive Committee. Members of its Executive Board are elected to important positions in the International Sport Movement.
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The Olympic House
In 2006, the Olympic House and Park were inaugurated to house most sports federations. The Olympic House is a major component for sports in Cyprus and an important landmark in the activities of the Cyprus Olympic Committee. It is located in an area of 7.500 square meters, at the entrance to Nicosia. Its architecture expresses three basic dimensions which are the components of the Olympic ideal:
- The Universal Dimension: cultivating and spreading the ancient spirit of the Olympics, in the sphere of co-operation, emulation and peace in the world
- The Historical Dimension: preserving and reviving a 3.000 year-old concept
- The Sports Dimension: promoting simultaneous physical and spiritual exercise as an essential human activity.