During this time, the Olympic Committee of Slovenia (OKS) and sports federations are preparing many events in Slovenia. The main event will start at 9 a.m. on Friday at Congress Square. Both the youngest and older visitors will be able to tackle various sports challenges. At 12 o’clock, the conclusion of the free event will follow with a symbolic run by the president Slovenian the road.
Children in kindergartens and schools will mark the holiday with a sports day. OKS also invites you to join the free BeActive group run on Saturday, which will start at 6 p.m. on the Congress square with warm-up music. Then the participants will run about five kilometers together around the Slovenian capital. There will also be “water stations” available during the run. The event is free, only registration is required.
On Saturday and Sunday, OKS is preparing an Olympic festival with a fox on the Congress Square for young sports enthusiasts Foxy.
Last year, the sports day was the central event in Bled, it took place during Slovenia’s presidency of the Council of the European Union. That is why the national directors general for sport of the EU gathered in Bled. The central topics were the European model of sports and lifelong involvement in sports. There was also an EU seminar on sports for all and playing sports at all stages of life.
Slovenian Sports Day was celebrated as a national holiday for the first time in Slovenia on September 23 last year with a central event at Trg republike in Ljubljana. Members of the National Assembly approved it on June 18 last year.
On September 23, 2000, the first gold medals for independent Slovenia at the Games in Sydney were won by the rowing duo Iztok Čop and Luka Špik and shooter Rajmond Debevec with a small-caliber rifle in a triple position.
Slovenian Sports Day is also the beginning of the European Sports Week. The European Commission published the fifth survey on Monday Eurobarometer about sports and physical activity. The research shows that 38 percent of European men and women engage in sports or exercise at least once a week, and 17 percent less than once a week. Up to 45 percent never exercise or participate in physical activity. The figures are similar to the previous survey in 2017. This survey also showed that half of the inhabitants of the old continent during the pandemic covid-19 reduced their physical activities or even gave them up completely.