Nicosia Cyprus Sports
Rugby is a small but fast growing sport, with the Cypriot national rugby team actually beating a number of rivals last year and leapfrogging the league. Basketball is one of the most popular sports in Cyprus, and the sport has its fair share of fans and continues to grow.
Most of the basketball courts are part of the school grounds, but also in the city center you will find many, as they were built especially for the classic sports. The athletics stadium is home to the Cypriot national athletics team and often hosts international athletics events. It was used as a training centre by several athletics teams. The 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens and since then Cyprus has been actively involved in international events such as the European Championship and the World Cup.
The Cypriot Football Federation organises many FIFA and UEFA events, although the Cypriot football clubs and national team have not achieved much at the World Cup and the European Championship. The government subsidizes the associations and clubs that build stadiums, sports halls and swimming pools, while the official body, the Cypriot Basketball Federation, which was founded in 1969, is run by the National Basketball Association of Cyprus (NBA), the national umbrella body of Cypriot sport. There are two national basketball teams, one for men and two for women And there is a youth national team for both sports.
Children have the opportunity to learn about basketball, football, handball, volleyball and athletics and to acquire skills that will help them enjoy the sport. The developing sports infrastructure in Cyprus motivates people to play sport, and the island is, for example, home to the Get Cypriot Cycling Tour, which takes place every two years in the summer months in partnership with the National Cycling Federation of Cyprus. The Cypriot Cycling Federation, based in Nicosia, and the National Cycling Federation will develop the routes for the tour according to the physical level of the tourists and their interests.
The specific objectives of the study were to assess the purpose of tourists' visits to Cyprus, to identify the sporting activities they participate in in Cyprus and to investigate their intentions for future sporting visits to Cyprus. The study examined the experiences of three types of sports tourism, which were reported in interviews by international visitors from abroad about their experiences in each of these three types.
Most respondents had some kind of sports experience during their visit to Cyprus, but 114% of respondents said they did not practise any sports in Cyprus (see table 8). Most respondents who said they were visiting Cyprus for sports tourism purposes came from Western Europe (95%). However, only 2% (1.5%) of the respondents from Eastern Europe stated that they had participated in one or more sports activities (e.g. cycling, golf, swimming, tennis, volleyball) as shown in Table 9.
Visitors who mainly stayed in Ammohostos and Pafos participated in the most sports during their time in Cyprus, and those who came to prepare for a competition stayed in Cyprus for 3-5 days, while those who came to prepare for the competition spent 6-10 days (see Table 8). Those who stayed in Nicosia, however, were at least likely to have some kind of sports experience (e.g. cycling, golf, swimming, tennis, volleyball, etc.) as shown in Table 12. In the female subgroup, however, it was beach volleyball (instead of football). This was the third most common sport (2.5%).
Visitors from the UK and Western Europe tended to take part in more sporting activities in Cyprus than visitors from Eastern Europe (see Table 11), as did visitors from other European countries.
The 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, would be a means of educating the international community about Cyprus's sporting tourism potential. The British Olympic team, who trained in Cyprus before the Athens Games, were given a starting spot. Cypriot athletes have been taking part in the Olympic Games since 1924, the CFA was founded in September 1934, and soon the Games were held on an official basis. There was plenty of power and opportunity, especially in football, basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, cycling, swimming and cycling.
When football was established, clubs agreed that an official body was needed to regulate the sport. The ski club developed its modern form with the aim of participating in various competitions and the formation of a national team.
Today Cyprus is blessed with wonderful weather and an excellent environment, and offers great opportunities to engage in sports activities such as skiing, cycling, swimming, tennis, golf and tennis. In fact, recreational swimming and water sports were the sports that the respondents in the study most frequently pursued. The climate and beaches of Cyprus provide the perfect conditions for leisure and water sports. Cyprus is an ideal place for sporting activities and Nicosia and Cyprus have a reputation for being a place where Cypriots like to spend a lot of time outdoors.