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 European Commission starts "European Week of Sport"
Sports-Politics | 09.09.2016

Initiative for more sport in Europe

European Commission starts "European Week of Sport"

European Commission starts "European Week of Sport". Sport is fun: The Eu Commission wants to animate citizens to do more physical exercise. (Quelle: Thinkstock)
Sport is fun: The Eu Commission wants to animate citizens to do more physical exercise.
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More sport! The "European Week of Sport" starts on the 10th of September. The initiative of the European Commission wants to support EU citizens to be more active and create new possibilities for more sport. One week sporting events under the slogan #BeActive will inspire to be more physically active.

After the successful premier of the "European Week of Sport" in 2015 this years opening ceremony will be held at the 10th of September in Kosice (Slovakia). After that it will continue on national level: up to the 2nd of October the 31 participating countries can host events on a national level to make their citizens – no matter what origin, age or fitness level – move. 


EU fears lack of exercise 

The "European Week of Sport" focuses on sports in the education environment, workplace, outdoor, in sport clubs and fitness centers. According to a study only 59 percent of EU citizens exercise never or rarely – an alarming number.

How active are Europeans? The "European Week of Sport" gives all information and inspires EU citizens to do more exercise. (Quelle: European Commission)
How active are Europeans? The "European Week of Sport" gives all information and inspires EU citizens to do more exercise.
Bild: European Commission

"Participation in sport and physical activity is stagnating, and in some EU Member States, even declining", explains the European Commission their initiative and worries about the health and economical consequences. Politics want to react.

#BeActive as slogan for all EU citizens

More than 1.7 Million people will participate in sport events. What each country has to offer can be found on this website. With the hashtag #BeActive all EU citizens have the possibility to share information about events and their experiences.

Ambassador of the "European Week of Sport" is the former weorld championship and double Champions League winner Christian Karembeu from France. Members of the European Parliament in Strasbourg are invited to take part in a 2 minute skipping challenge to raise awareness among the Parliamentarians of the benefits of sport ptractice.

The Flagship-Event will take place on thursday 15th of September in Brussel.

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