Autumn news from the Kosovo Olympic Committee

Our Kosovan member, the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of Kosovo had a busy autumn, organising several events.

On 5-6 September, NOC of Kosovo hosted the first Sport Integrity Global Alliance (SIGA) Regional Summit in Pristina. The event brought together influential leaders in sport, government officials, business sector representatives and civil society to address the most pressing governance challenges facing sport in the region and to foster collective action.

The Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport of Kosovo, Mr. Kujtim Gashi opened the Summit alongside NOC Kosovo’s President, Mr. Besim Hasani and the Chief Executive Officer of SIGA, Mr. Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros.

Headed by Mr. Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros, a high-level delegation was officially received by the Prime Minister of Kosovo, Mr. Ramush Haradinaj. Recognising the significant role of sport, both parties agreed to maintain close dialogue and cooperation with the intention to enhance sports governance and integrity in Kosovo and in the region through the adoption of the SIGA Universal Standards on Good Governance, Financial Integrity, Sports Betting Integrity, Youth Development and Child Protection.

Several leaders of NOCs attended the Summit, including representatives of the NOC of Kosovo, Albania, Montenegro, Macedonia and Portugal.

Panel discussions focused on best practices in good governance and sports betting integrity, the future of sport with respect to financial integrity, transparency and international cooperation as well as gender equality, diversity and the prevention of violence and abuse in sport.

During the Summit, Majlinda Kelmendi, Kosovo´s first Olympic gold medal winner, was appointed SIGA Champion.

Participants of the first SIGA Regional Summit

The official opening of the European Week of Sport was held on 23 September a with conference on gender equality and sport, organised by the NOC of Kosovo.

The panel discussion titled “Women in Sport, Management and Leadership”, brought together prestigious speakers: Ms. Blerta Deliu, Chair of the Parliamentary Committee for European Integration, Ms. Valbona Rudaku, Coach of the Kosovan Women’s Handball Team, and Ms. Qendresa Krelani, sport journalist. The speakers talked about the challenges they encounter in the field of sport.

The other panel of the conference discussed the topic of people with special needs, girls and women. The panelist were: Ms. Sebahate Beqiri, Director of Down Syndrome Kosova, Ms. Njomza Emini, President of the Kosovo Pre-Olympics Committee and Ms. Emine Llalloshi, swimming coach. The panel agreed on that there is a need for greater treatment and support for people with special needs.

Participants of the conference on gender equality

On 27 September, the NOC of Kosovo organised Sports Fair 2018, within the framework of the European Week of Sport, held under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS).

The Fair was held in 16 municipalities, that previously expressed their intention to take part in it. The event was opened by NOC Kosovo President, Mr. Besim Hasani, in the presence of Mr. Kujtim Gashi, Minister of MCYS.

Beside the capital, Pristina, the following municipalities took part in the Fair: Gjakova, Mitrocvica, Gjilan, Ferizaj, Vitia, Drenas, Lipjan, Klina, Deçan, Vushtrri, Obiliq, Malisheva, Rahovec, Kaçanik and Dragash.

Interested #BeActive citizens could choose from a wide range of activities to take part in, including football, basketball, handball, volleyball, judo, table tennis, karate, tennis, chess, skating, motor sports and weightlifting.

Martial arts demonstration at the Sports Fair

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