The Closing Ceremony and tonight’s party at the Olympic Park
marked the end of the San Marino 2017 Games of the Small States of Europe.
San Marino, 3rd June 2017 – The Closing Ceremony of the XVII Games of the Small States of Europe – San Marino 2017 and the following party at the Olympic Park marked the end of this wonderful event where the real protagonists were competitiveness, fair play, friendship and respect.
At 20.30, the evening began with a performance of the drummers of San Marino’s Crossbowmen Federation and continued with the parade of flag bearers and all athletes. Then, a show by flag throwers from the same Federation followed.
After the performance, came the official moments of the Ceremony, the lowering of the flag of the International Olympic Committee and that of the Games accompanied by the Olympic hymn.
The President of San Marino’s Olympic Committee, Gian Primo Giardi, visibly emotioned and satisfied, thanked all political institutions and international sports authorities, who paid homage to our country with their presence. The first strengthened the strong relationship of cooperation they already had with CONS, while the latter proved the esteem and friendship they feel for our country. In particular, he thanked Mr. Thomas Bach, President of the IOC, for the time and attention he gave to our Games. “His presence in San Marino further increased the quality of this event’, said Giardi.
He thanked the volunteers, who gave their heart and soul to these Games and helped to make them incredibly successful, all the people of San Marino for their attendance, his colleagues from CONS and the Organizing Committee for their excellent work, great commitment, enthusiasm and passion, as well as the sponsors for their valuable support.
Finally, he congratulated all the athletes for their attitude towards competitions. ‘I hope the results you achieved repaid you for your efforts and hard training. If they did not, I hope they will stimulate you to do better and, above all, to never give up’, he said.
Then, Giardi handed over the flag of the Games to Dusan Simonovic, President of Montenegro’s Olympic Committee, where in 2019 next edition of the Games will take place. The official declaration closed the XXVII Games of the Small States of Europe – San Marino 2017, the Olympic flame was extinguished and a colourful and cheerful party began.