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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 12-01-27

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  • [01] ECHR: Low conviction rate for Cyprus
  • [02] UEFA recommends action plan to develop young talent in Cyprus

  • [01] ECHR: Low conviction rate for Cyprus

    Cyprus, along with Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, Belgium, San Marino and the Czech Republic, ranks low in the list of countries found guilty of human rights violations by the European Court of Human Rights.

    Cyprus features in the last places among the 47 member-states of the Council of Europe which have been convicted by the European Court for at least one human right violation.

    Turkey tops the bill with 159 convictions in as many cases, followed by Russia with 121, Ukraine with 105 and Greece with 69. Romania with 58 and Poland complete the first six spots of the ECHR statistics for 2011.

    The statistics as well as the Court`s activities for 2011 were presented by the ECHR President Nicolas Bratza.

    [02] UEFA recommends action plan to develop young talent in Cyprus

    An action plan to develop young talent in football in Cyprus needs about ten years to bear fruit, UEFA envoys said, speaking to the press, in Nicosia.

    Howard Wilkinson and Robin Russell, who arrived in Cyprus last Monday, completed yesterday a series of contacts with stakeholders, with a view to develop a National Football Development Plan for the Cyprus Football Association.

    As Wilkinson said, there are no shortcuts in making the results of such an investment visible, aiming to tackle the lack of young talent available to play quality football.

    Wilkinson, a former English football player and manager, further noted that the presence of UEFA envoys in Cyprus is not to direct solutions, but to suggest possible ways of addressing the problem, after having talked with all people who are at the heart of the problem.

    Change cannot occur overnight, he added, but noted the examples of numerous European countries who addressed the problem, amid less favorable conditions than Cyprus.

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