2017 / 09 / 13

Olympic Day

Olympic Day is celebrated all around the world: hundreds of thousands of people – young and old – get moving and participate in sporting and cultural activities, such as runs, exhibitions, music and educational seminars. 

This year the Lithuanian city Alytus transformed into the country’s athletic capital as it hosted Olympic day – the largest mass sporting and cultural event in Lithuania. A record 20 thousand participants tried out various sporting competitions. Active guests who participated in various challenges were awarded about 5 thousand Olympic day T-shirts. Helping the event go smoothly were 160 young volunteers, while preparations for each event involved representatives from around 500 sports organisations.

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A team of Olympians made an appearance, while the residents of Alytus flocked to the event’s main area in the square by Jaunimas Park, where tracks for 72 sporting events were spread over a territory of 42 hectares. 

In keeping with tradition, the festival began with the lighting of the Olympic day flame, which the country’s elite athletes carried through the city, and the children’s rally to the main event area. The Olympic day flame was carried into the square by a true Olympic family: rower Mindaugas Griškonis, marathon runner Diana Lobačevskė and their daughter. 

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Participants of the celebration were read a word of congratulations sent by the President of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaitė, while the President of the National Olympic Committee of Lithuania, Daina Gudzinevičiūtė, President of the Lithuanian Parolympic Committee, Mindaugas Bilius, chancellor of the Ministry of Education and Science, Tomas Daukantas and Deputy Mayor of Alytus, Valė Gibienė, greeted all those assembled in person. 

In Lithuania, Olympic day has been celebrated for 28 years, but this was the first time the residents of Alytus got to enjoy hosting the celebration themselves. Next year, Olympic day will take place in Panevėžys. 

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