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Latest update: 08/06/2009 18:17 +0300

Shialou, Stacchiotti and Iceland Receive Awards

NICOSIA, 6 June 2009 - The Fair Play awards of the XIII Games of the Small States of Europe were presented on Saturday, in the presence of World and European Fair Play Movements representatives.

The European Fair Play Individual Award was presented by the General Secretary Yiannis Psilopoulos to Cyprus' Athletics champion Andri Shialou. At 36 years of age, Shialou won two gold medals (women's 400m and 400m hurdles) in the XIII GSSE, ending her great career in such a superb way.

The European Fair Play Team Award was presented to the Women's Volleyball team of Iceland, for its behaviour and competitiveness throughout the whole tournament.

Finally, the World Fair Play Movement award was presented by the President, Jeno Kamuti, to the small nations' 'Michael Phelps', 17-year-old Rafael Stacchiotti from Luxemburg. Stacchiotti won seven gold medals in Men's Swimming, setting high standards for years to come with his extraordinary achievements in the pool.

The President of the XIII GSSE Organising Committee, Ouranios Ioannides, welcomed Mr Psilopoulos and Mr Kamuti in Cyprus and congratulated those who were awarded, as well as all the athletes who "played fair" throughout the Games.

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