The Cyprus Union of Sports Journalists for the fifth time over the past six years has recognized the yachtsman and Olympic champion Pavlos Contidis as the "Sportsman of the Year." This annual award is considered one of the most important in the Cyprus world of sports. It is awarded from the year 1973 following the voting of journalists for the best athlete and team.
Contidis became the first Cypriot athlete, whom journalists recognized as the best whole five times. According to him, the award reflects "all those sacrifices and hard work" that accompany the yachtsman's path to success.
In 2017, Contidis became the winner in several championships, including in France, the USA and Japan. In the coming weeks 27-year-old sportsman will take part in the world championship in Miami (USA). His main goal at 2018 year is to win the championship in Danish Aarhus this summer, which will allow Cyprus to participate in the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 in the class of the racing yachts "Laser".
The award ceremony was attended by the President of Cyprus Nikos Anastasiadis, as well as representatives of politics, officials and representatives of the sports community.