The Pristina Sports Festival was a hit!

On 19th April, the Fadil Vokrri Stadium in Pristina, Kosovo hosted a sports festival for preschoolers. About 2000 children took part in the event, that consisted of competitions in football and various athletic disciplines.

Children during a football game

The festival was organised by our Kosovan member, the Kosovo Olympic Committee and brought together thousands of parents, fans, high-level sports personalities and politicians. The event was officially opened by the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Kujtim Gashi.

In his speech, the President of the Kosovo Olympic Committee, Besim Hasani compared the festival to the Opening Ceremony of the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the first Games in which Kosovo took part.

"We are here today to experience together what the Kosovo Olympic team has experienced in Rio in 2016. We invite you, dear children, to get involved in one of the sports that are practiced in Kosovo! We beg the parents that in the same way they send their children to school to also involve them in one of the 1400 sports clubs in Kosovo, because through doing sports, kids gain 24 skills that no other institution is able to provide! Through this festival, we are also sowing the seed of love for sport" - said Mr. Hasani.

Besim Hasani during his speech

Kadri Veseli, the Chairman of the Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo addressed the children referring to them as “future champions of the country.”

“Sport is the future of Kosovo; we will invest even more in sports, in stadia all around the Republic of Kosovo, in basketball and all other fields of sport. You are the future champions of Kosovo” – said Mr. Veseli.

During the opening ceremony, 50 teams of Pristina’s preschool institutions paraded in the stadium with flags in their hands, which was followed by sports competitions. Moreover, the children had the chance to enjoy the show of the paragliders of the Kosovo Aeronautical Federation. The participants also posed for a #WhiteCard photo to celebrate the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.

Participants with their #WhiteCard

Source: Kosovo Olympic Committee

Photo Credits: Shpend Ahmeti/Hilmi Veliu - Kosovo Olympic Committee


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