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Cyprus due to its population and size does not
have many international sporting achievements. Most sports are
governed by associations under the umbrella of the Cyprus Sport
Organisation (Greek: Κυπριακός Οργανισμός Αθλητισμού).
Football is the most popular spectator and
participation sport in the island. The Cypriot national team has
not succeeded any major events, while major Cypriot clubs compete
at European competitions with
limited success. The first division league is
semi-professional with a few professional clubs.
Basketball is also
quite popular in Cyprus. The Cypriot league is semi-professional,
but Cypriot teams have had good European campaigns. Recently, EKA AEL has
finished 3rd in the FIBA EuroCup.
Cyprus has sent athletes to
Games held since 1980, but the country has never won an Olympic
Main article: Cyprus Rally
The Cyprus Rally is a rallying competition held yearly in Cyprus
since 1970. The event is run by the Cyprus Automobile
Association and is based in the city of Limassol (Lemesos). It
is run on the winding gravel roads of the nearby mountains of
Troodos. It was part of the FIA's World Rally Championship from
2000 to 2006. In 2007, the event was part of the FIA Middle East
Rally Championship. The same applies for 2008. It is due to rejoin
the World Rally Championship in 2009.
Tennis in Cyprus has
recently received more attention mainly due to Marcos
Baghdatis' success in the ATP rankings.