- 05 Oct 2020
- NOC News
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05 October 2020
After last year's inaugural edition of the largest sports conference in Slovakia – SPORT (R)EVOLUTION – the Slovak Olympic and Sports Committee (SOSC) organised its second edition online due to the current anti-pandemic measures. The conference, attended by around 650 participants, featured a diverse range of sport-related topics, including the new challenges for the Olympic and sports movement, re-planning the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, marketing from behind the Olympic rings, and behind the scenes at the National Hockey League (NHL). The conference included 13 discussions and one talk, and involved contributions from over 35 speakers. Among the key speakers from Slovakia were IOC Member Danka Barteková; SOSC President Anton Siekel; and member of the FIBA Basketball Hall of Fame, coach Natália Hejková. In addition, four international speakers took part remotely, among them the IOC Head of NOC Games Services, Toshio Tsurunaga, NHL player Brent Seabrook and certified NHL Players’ Association agent Gerry Johannson. More details at www.olympic.sk.
22 May 2018
The Slovak Olympic and Sports Committee (SOSC) launched a new initiative entitled “Ready to Help” at the end of March. In the framework of this initiative, the Slovak NOC has created a solidarity fund aimed at helping athletes and sports organisations seriously affected by this unprecedented crisis, as well as the institutions fighting on the front line against the spread of COVID-19 in Slovakia. The SOSC used its own marketing revenues and financial resources from the SOSC Foundation to start this fund. SOSC employees also decided to participate in this initiative with a monthly donation of 10 per cent of their salaries. More info at www.olympic.sk.
1st October 2018
On 22 September, the Slovak Olympic Committee celebrated its 25th anniversary with a gala evening, "The Road to Olympus", in a new building of the Slovak National Theatre. The event was broadcast live on national TV. Among the guests were EOC President Janez Kocijančič and representatives of 16 European NOCs. The IOC was represented by IOC Member in Slovakia Danka Bartekova, who co-hosted the celebration. The gala paid tribute to Olympic medallists and Olympians, including Jan Zachara, the oldest living Slovak Olympic champion, who has celebrated his 90th birthday. The gala also honoured the numerous NOC activities promoting the Olympic ideals among young people. The 100th anniversary of the Czechoslovak Republic was also celebrated in the presence of many guests from the Czech Republic. Two Slovak sports legends, Anastasia Kuzmina (triple Olympic champion in biathlon) and Matej Tóth (Olympic champion in the 50km walk) came to the stage with Olympic torches, and representatives of the young sports generation took over the symbolic "fire" relay. This was then followed by almost two dozen Olympic medallists aged 35 to 90 taking to the stage. More info at www.olympic.sk.
9 July 2018
Olympic Day was celebrated in Slovakia from early May to the end of June, culminating with a celebration on 22 June in Bratislava. In total, over 60,000 people took part in the 350 events organised in over 100 cities and villages across the country. In Bratislava, the Slovak NOC organised various sports activities along the Danube in which many children took part and were able to meet 13 Slovakian Olympians. All the children received an Olympic Day souvenir T-shirt. As part of the “Take it sportingly” campaign, the NOC called on the public to go to work and school in sportswear. National TV widely broadcast the campaign. The NOC also organised an interstate quiz, a drawing competition in which 99 schools participated and a literature contest. More details here.