The history of sports in Cyprus goes back many centuries. Inscriptions found in various archaeological sites both on the island and in Greece bear witness to the Cypriots’ love for sports and to their success in Pan-Hellenic and Olympic contests of ancient times at Olympia, Pythia, Isthmia and elsewhere.
This is further attested by the ancient stadia of Cyprus at Kourion, Salamis, Pafos, Kition and Lapithos, which existed until the Byzantine Period. Evidence shows that during the Middle Ages athletics remained a favourite Cypriot pastime.
The first athletic club was founded in Limassol in 1897. After that similar clubs began to spring up across the island in each of the major towns.