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  • Virgilijus Alekna designated as UNESCO Champion for Sport

    23-11-2007 8:00 pm The Lithuanian discus thrower Mr Virgilijus Alekna was designated UNESCO Champion for Sport by Mr KoÔchiro Matsuura, the Organizationís Director-General, at a ceremony on 23 November at UNESCO Headquarters.Alekna-ceremony.jpg

    Mr Valdemaras Sarapinas, Chancellor of the Government of Lithuania, Mr Algirdas Raslanas, Director-General of the Department of Physical Education and Sports under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, and Mrs Ina Marčiulionytė, Permanent Delegate of Lithuania to UNESCO, were also present at the designation ceremony.

    The title was given in recognition of the Lithuanian athleteís contribution to promoting sports in schools and to his commitment to UNESCO ideals.

    As UNESCO Champion for Sport, Mr Alekna will be involved in the Organizationís activities aimed at encouraging the inclusion of sports in the educational system and advocating the importance of physical education and its ethical and social values. More specifically, Mr Alekna will collaborate with the Organization to raise awareness on the importance of physical education as a compulsory subject in school curricula and in achieving quality education, which is in line with the recommendations of the 34th session of the General Conference.

    Virgilijus Alekna holds the second all-time world record in discus throwing. Twice an Olympic champion (2000 and 2004), twice world champion (2003 and 2005) and European champion (2006) in his discipline, he was elected best overall athlete for 2005 with 19 victories in 20 competitions by the European Athletic Association (EAA). In addition to his sports career, Mr Alekna has undertaken numerous humanitarian activities over the years through the Virgilijus Alekna Club, which aims to foster and improve education in the field of sport and professional training. He has also been involved in the education of young athletes in the framework of the Lithuanian Olympic Education Programme.


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    Photo (© M.Ravassard; from left to right): Mr Eimantas Skrabulis, President of the Lithuanian Federation of Athletics, Mr Valdemaras Sarapinas, Chancellor of the Government of Lithuania, Mr Virgilijus Alekna, UNESCO Champion for Sport, Mr KoÔchiro Matsuura, UNESCO Director-General, Mrs Ina Marčiulionytė, Permanent Delegate of Lithuania to UNESCO, and Mr Algirdas Raslanas, Director-General of the Department of Physical Education and Sports under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, during the designation ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters.







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