Olympic Spirit at Copenhagen School Games
Over 6000 primary school students took part in three days of athletic competition at the first ever Copenhagen School Games. The event was one of a series of sporting activities planned as part of the Copenhagen Olympic festival organised in the framework of the Olympic Congress that opens in Copenhagen on Saturday.
Sports for All
Thirty-seven Copenhagen schools competed in the 60 meter run, long jump, a ball throwing event, and a long distance run at the Oesterbro Stadium in the city centre, cheered on by the singing of Danish X-factor star Basim as well as international sports stars. After three days of competition, the overall prize went to the 4th, 5th and 6th graders of the Sankt Annae Gymnasium.
The first of many?
After a successful turnout of the event with enthusiastic participants, the chairman of the NOC and Sports Confederation of Denmark (DIF) Niels Nygaard is hopeful that the competition will become a yearly Copenhagen event. “Many of the events taking place all over Copenhagen these days could in principle become lasting traditions if they are supported accordingly. And an event like the School Games, which contains so many extraordinary values and has shown itself to be such an impressive event, would be a good thing to continue on with one way or another,” said Nygaard.
Copenhageners in the starting blocks
The Olympic festival during the IOC Session and Olympic Congress will see a series of events organised with the aim of bringing the Olympic spirit to the Copenhagen residents. Young and old can experience a wide range of sports from street-soccer to soapbox car racing during the Sports Party that will be held at the City Hall Square. A bicycle race, a run through central Copenhagen for all ages, a social roller skating tour as well as live music concerts around the Danish capital are also on the agenda.