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14 Dec 2020
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14 December 2020

Lithuanian NOC

Through its Olympic Education Programme, the Lithuanian NOC is conducting two successful projects. For three years, the Dreams & Teams project has enabled over 1,700 students from different schools in the Klaipėda region to develop their leadership, teamwork and cooperation skills via sport. This ongoing project is organised by the British Council in Lithuania together with the NOC. Every year, the participants have the opportunity to meet and talk with an Olympian. This spring, they remotely met Olympic champion, NOC President and IOC Member Daina Gudzinevičiūtė, and during the final stage of the project they talked about leadership with the cyclist Gediminas Bagdonas (see photo). The second project, The Olympic Month, is organised by the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, the Ministry of Health and the NOC. It is a unique project, now in its third edition, and is aimed at primary school students with a view to promoting children’s physical activity, introducing them to the principles of a healthy lifestyle, and helping them learn to recognise their emotions and have quality rest. This year, the project has attracted 62 per cent more schools (1,374) than last year. In total, 26,267 children from 447 educational institutions were engaged in activities while also meeting with Olympians, who shared experiences and tips with them. More info at

30 November 2020

Lithuanian NOC

The NOC of Lithuania has shared its fifth and final story for the HeForShe Lithuania campaign. This one is about the Jansonas family (photo) which includes three sports – handball with Tadas, the father; volleyball with Astas, the mother; and football with Romualsa, the son. In this video, we learn that the “Formula of Happiness in the Family of Sports Coaches is Equal Distribution of Work and Mutual Support.” More info at

30 October 2020

NOC of Lithuania

In the framework of the HeForShe campaign, the NOC of Lithuania has published a fourth video on the theme “Love for Football and the Value of Equality in the Family of a Lithuanian and an American”. This video relates the story of Heraclio Ulises Perezas, an American who moved to Lithuania to be with his beloved Justina Lavrenovaitė-Perez, a football referee and coach. Today, the couple (see photo) coach girls to play football, and live their personal lives based on their own rules. HeForShe is a solidarity campaign for gender equality established by UN Women. More info at

16 October 2020

LTOK/ V. Dranginis

During its General Assembly Election Session held in Vilnius on 9 October, the NOC of Lithuania (LNOC) re-elected Olympic champion and IOC Member Daina Gudzinevičiūtė as its President. Lilija Vanagienė, President of the Lithuanian Skating Federation, Saulius Galadauskas, President of the Lithuanian Sports Masters Association, and Naglis Nasvytis, President of the Lithuanian Yachting Union, were elected as LNOC Vice-Presidents. The LNOC Secretary General and Treasurer, respectively, are Valentinas Paketūras and Darius Čerka, President of the Lithuanian Volleyball Federation. More info at

10 july 2020

LNOC/Elvis Žaldaris
This year, the Lithuanian NOC celebrated Olympic Day by organising two runs – a virtual one and a festive one – of the Lithuanian Olympic mile, the length (1,988 meters) of which symbolises the re-establishment of the Lithuanian NOC. The virtual run was attended by more than 3,000 Lithuanians from 31 countries on the five continents. The festive run was attended by Olympians, NOC staff and partners and sport-loving politicians and celebrities, who organised a united symbolic run in Vingis Park in Vilnius (photo). Everyone who ran recorded their result using a running app and shared it on social networks with the hashtag #OlimpinėDiena2020. Info at

29 june 2020

NOC of Lithuania

In the framework of the HeForShe campaign, the NOC of Lithuania published a second video about rugby player Austėja Minkevičiūtė (right in photo). In this video, the Lithuanian women’s team player and children’s rugby coach tries to discard the stigma surrounding rugby and encourages girls to try playing the sport. HeForShe is a solidarity campaign for gender equality established by UN Women. More info at

As part of the festive events on 23 June, held on the official website of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), athletes were seen live answering questions from fans, taking part in an intellectual quest, conducting workouts and presenting awards to the most active sports enthusiasts. All the events were accessible online, and the programme included exciting sports. Full details here. As part of the Olympic Country programme, the ROC has announced the launch of its #SEMYAZASPORT contest. The main aim of the contest is to unite families in their desire to take part in sports, lead an active lifestyle and be part of the Olympic Movement. The contest will run from 17 June to 5 July. Full info here.

16 march 2020

Saulius Cirba

To mark International Women’s Day on 8 March in Vilnius, the Lithuanian NOC presented and launched the United Nations project HeForShe for the advancement of gender equality. The event was attended by former Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė; the Minister of Education, Science and Sport, Algirdas Monkevičius, NOC Vice-President Saulius Galadauskas; and prominent figures from the sports community. During this campaign, the stories of five top athletes and the men supporting them, whether husbands, colleagues or friends,  will be told through videos. Among other things, the project seeks to remind people that women’s sport, like gender equality, is a shared objective, and to draw more attention to women’s team sports. More details on

07 february 2020

Kipras Štreimikis

On 27 January, the Lithuanian NOC launched an international training course on “Values education through sport: applying the OVEP [Olympic Values Education Programme] 2.0 methodology”. The course brought together 28 participants from Lithuania, Germany, Estonia, Israel, North Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Besides sharing experiences, the participants sought to understand aspects of the contemporary world in which young people are living, and the challenges they face. The course is partly funded by the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme, which supports education, training, youth and sport in Europe. More info at In addition, on 29 January, during the final event of the "Towards gender balance with media” project organised by the Lithuanian NOC, the situation of gender equality in Lithuania was discussed. The event was attended by representatives of sports federations, journalists, public relations specialists, athletes and members of the Lithuanian Olympic team (LTeam). The first event of the project took place in April 2019, in Druskininkai. The Lithuanian NOC developed the Recommendations for Lithuanian Media on Sports Topics and Athlete Portrayal based on national cases and the IOC’s Olympic Agenda 2020 and 2018 Gender Portrayal Guidelines, in collaboration with the Lithuanian Sports Journalists’ Federation. More info at

11 November 2019

NOC of Lithuania
A new initiative by the NOC of Lithuania was presented for the first time at the “LTeam Conference” last month. Lithuanian athletes will be able to get legal assistance to defend themselves against sexual harassment, abuse and discrimination. All the services for them will be free, and total confidentiality will be ensured. Additionally, athletes will have representatives to defend their rights and interests in all pre-trial investigations, as well as in all judicial and non-judicial institutions. These legal services cover everything from consultations to help collecting evidence. This also includes the preparation of claims for damages, the preparation of complaints to the office of the equal opportunities inspector, the preparation of statements of initiation of pre-trial investigation and representation in courts and law enforcement agencies. More info on

22 October 2019

Lithuanian NOC

As part of version 2.0 of the IOC’s Olympic Values Education Programme (OVEP), the Lithuanian NOC will organise an Olympic values education training course from 27 January to 4 February 2020. The project developed by the NOC has been joined by eight partner organisations: the Estonian Sport and Olympic Museum; the German Olympic Academy; and the NOCs of North Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and the Czech Republic. Three participants from each partner country will be chosen to take this course, which is funded by the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme. More details  here.

28 June 2019

Lithuanian NOC
In Lithuania, the 2019 Olympic Day attracted a record number of people. Around 28,000 people, including prime minister Saulius Skvernelis and the Lithuanian NOC President and IOC Member Daina Gudzinevičiūtė, participated in the celebration on 2 June in Panevėžys. Some 30 Olympians tried out new sports or challenges, alongside many families. The programme included a wide variety of sports activities, numerous prizes and a concert. More info at

13 June 2019

Lithuanian NOC
Lithuanian NOC President and IOC Member Daina Gudzineviciute (right of photo) hosted the President of the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC), Marco Maria Scolaris, during his visit to the NOC headquarters. The two leaders talked about this sport, its development in Lithuania and its first Olympic appearance at the Games in Tokyo in 2020. More details here.

18 June 2018

Lithuanian NOC

In Lithuania, Olympic Day 2018 enjoyed record participation of 28,000 people on 2 June in Panevėžys. Around 30 Olympians, including biathlete Tomas Kaukėnas, marathon runner Diana Lobačevskė and boxer Tadas Tamašauskas took part, as did Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis and Member of Parliament Gediminas Vasiliauskas. The programme featured stand-up paddle, 3x3 basketball, cycling, teambuilding activities and the finals of the Lithuanian School Games, in which 500 children competed. At the end of the day, Lithuanian NOC President Daina Gudzinevičiūtė and the Mayor of Panevėžys, R. Račkauskas, handed the Olympic Day flag to the assistant of the Mayor of Klaipėda, Arūnas Šulcas, as Klaipėda will host the 2019 edition of Olympic Day. More details here.

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