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Cyprus is an ideal location for sports activities throughout the year, due to its optimum weather conditions and modern infrastructure system. More specifically, the city of Nicosia offers a wide range of contemporary, fully equipped sports facilities that will satisfy even the most demanding professional or amateur sportspersons. Several international sports events have taken place in its facilities and teams across all sports fields have chosen the city for their training purposes.
Some of most contemporary sports facilities include:
The Tassos Papadopoulos – Eleftheria Indoor Hall
The Tassos Papadopoulos – Eleftheria Indoor Hall, a modern sports hall that is used for basketball matches, gymnastics, karate, taekwondo, volleyball, squash, judo and ping pong games.
The Nicosia Multipurpose Indoor Hall
The Nicosia Multipurpose Indoor Hall, which was designed and constructed in accordance with strict international sporting guidelines it includes a hall for rhythmic and display gymnastics and a multipurpose sports hall with room for all team sports.
The GSP Stadium
The GSP Stadium consists of two main sporting units: a football stadium and a track and field area. The football field opened in 1999 and has been graded by UEFA as a Category 3 facility, the highest possible score in its category. It offers a modern, fully equipped weights room and medical centre, locker rooms for teams and athletes, training fields, air-conditioning in all common areas in addition to many other facilities for athletes who require a fully comprehensive training facility. The track and field stadium is the only one of its kind in Cyprus and is built specifically for classical sports. Fully equipped for track events, it has been classified by the International Association ofAthletics Federation (IAAF) as suitable (Class 1) for international track events. The synthetic track (‘tartan’) was refurbished in May 2007. The stadium often hosts international track and field events and was used by several athletic teams as a training centre ahead of the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.
The Nicosia Public Swimming Pool
The Nicosia Public Swimming Pool meets Olympic size standards (21x50m) with eight lanes. It also consists of a separate heated diving pool (21x23m) with concrete diving platforms for 1, 3, 6, 8 and 10 metres. The pool has been used for training by the Greece and Cyprus teams, in addition to hosting international events such as the Balkan Games.
The Olympic Shooting Range
The Olympic Shooting Range was constructed in 1989 in the Apalos area of Latsia. It belongs to the Nicosia Shooting Organization and is considered one of the best shooting ranges in Europe. Its facilities meet the demands of the strictest guidelines and it is due to this fact that the Range has hosted several international and European events, such as Shooting World Cup events in 1994, 1997, 1999 and 2001, in addition to the 2000 Final. It has also hosted European Championship events in 1998, 2004 and 2008 as well as World Championships in 1995, 2003 and 2007. It consists of four Olympic – quality skit and four trap fields. It also has eightfields dedicated to the popular ‘Sporting’ event. The Olympic Shooting Range houses 10m air-riffle target facilities with 18 spaces.