2017 / 10 / 09
On 9 October, the Palace of the Grand Dukes in Vilnius hosted a Gala dinner celebrating the 25th anniversary of Lithuania’s participation in the 1992 Winter Olympic Games in Albertville and 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona.
A quarter of the century ago, Lithuania participated in the Olympic Games for the first time after the restoration of the National Olympic Committee, and Lithuanian athletes won the first Olympic medals in Barcelona.
To celebrate this occasion, the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach congratulated the medallists and prize-winners of the Games of the XXV Olympiad in Barcelona.
Discus thrower Romas Ubartas, the first Olympic champion of independent Lithuania could not hide his excitement when accepting the award.
“Barcelona Olympic Games are unforgettable. It was the first time we've represented the independent Lithuania. The medal ceremony that took place has truly touched me. And brought back my memories from 25 years ago. I felt honored and understood the importance of my achievement when I saw the rising flag of my country”, - Romas Ubartas said.
Awards were also presented to the legendary bronze medallists: Lithuania men’s national basketball team led by the head coach Vladas Garastas. Boxer Gitas Juškevičius, winner of the 5th place in the Barcelona Olympics, and his coach Nikolajus Jerofejevas were also honoured.
The Prime Minister of Lithuania Saulius Skvernelis and the President of the National Olympic Committee of Lithuania (LNOC) presented the President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach the highest award of the LNOC– the medal of honour.
LNOC President Daina Gudzinevičiūtė spoke to the attendees: “I am sure that everyone in Lithuania remembers the sense of unity and those touching moments of watching our athletes competing in Albertville and Barcelona. I am sure that everyone remembers the sense of pride, when Romas Ubartas won the gold medal and we listened to the National Anthem of Lithuania performed in the Olympic stadium for the first time. We are continuing the tradition, but they were the pioneers.”
On Tuesday, the IOC President Thomas Bach will meet with the country’s President Dalia Grybauskaitė and open the international Advancing Women in Leadership Roles Forum for Europe.