Zagreb, May 17, 2017 (Hina) – This Wednesday, the Central State Office for Sport presented at Zagreb's Jarun - under the motto “BeActive” - the third European Week of Sport that will be held from September 23-30, 2017.


This great international initiative has been launched by the European Commission to promote sports and physical activity of citizens across Europe, and Croatia is now part of it for the third year in a row. This year, the European Week of Sport will include a large number of activities at Zagreb’s Jarun, intended for citizens of all ages and physical abilities, with a goal to encourage a more active and healthier life.


"We all have the potential for sport and physical activity regardless of age, physical education or disability, and it is only necessary to choose the kind of training that suits us best ", said State Secretary of the Central State Office for Sports, Janica Kostelić, at the presentation of this year's "BeActive" program at Jarun.


Jarun will be the central point of the European Week of Sport, which will be held throughout the week in other Croatian cities as well, with the goal to encourage the citizens of all ages and physical abilities to more active and healthier life.


"Tell me one reason why someone would not come to Jarun or any other place for recreation and practice completely free of charge, contributing thereby to his/her own health", said Janica Kostelić, pointing out that the European Week of Sport will be officially opened on September 23, 2017 at Jarun.


Besides Janica Kostelić, the presentation of the European Week of Sport was attended by the Head of the Department for International Cooperation and EU Funds Marija Crnković, Croatian rower and Ambassador of the project Damir Martin, former Croatian handball player and Ambassador of the project Maida Arslanagić and fitness coach and member of the Croatian Olympic Water Polo and Handball Delegation Pero Kuterovac.


Sports venues and special zones will be set up at Jarun during the European Week of Sport, where the citizens of all ages can try practicing almost all kinds of sports, as well as getting to know sports clubs’ and fitness centers’ offer and learn more about the importance of a healthy diet. Special programs will be organized in schools as well as in the companies throughout Croatia with the aim of turning the attention to the importance of recreation and relaxation at the workplace.


"It is important to raise awareness on the importance of sport and physical activity in Croatia and influence the stereotypes on who can participate in sports because sport and physical activity must be accessible to everyone", said State Secretary for Sports Janica Kostelić. (Hina)