|The International Olympic Committee in its desire to promote and develop sport in various regions is encouraging the organization of regional games in which states having a population not exceeding one million would participate. Having the above in mind, the officials of the National Olympic Committees of the Small States of Europe suggested the organization of the "Games of the Small States of Europe" every two years, with effect 1985. The President of the International Olympic Committee, H.E. Juan Antonio Samaranch accepted this idea with great enthousiasm and placed the Games under the auspices of the International Olympic Committee.|
The games are held in accordance with the Olympic charter and are officially recognized by all International Federations which are represented officially at the Games. Under the rules in force these Games are held every two years and small states of Europe with a population of up to one million inhabitants are eligible to participate. On this basis the following eight states are participating: Andorra, Cyprus, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, and San Marino. San Marino has undertaken the first organization in 1985, Monaco the second in 1987, and Cyprus will stage the third between 17 and 20 of May 1989.
The programme for the III Games includes the following sports: athletics, basketball, cycling, judo, yachting, tennis, swimming, shooting and volleyball. Preliminary entries received from participating countries show that about 800 athletes will participate in the games. It is also expected that 200 officials and guests from all the participating countries will attend the III Games.
The Ministry of Communications and Works, Department of Postal Services, in order to honour the Games is circulating on 10 April 1989 a commemorative series of four stamps and a souvenir sheet which freely represent the ancient spirit and Cypriot popular art.
Source: Department of Postal Services, Republic of Cyprus.