Zagreb, 23 September 2020 - Organized by the newly established Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the sixth European Week of Sport (from 23 to 30 September) was officially launched in the area along the small Jarun lake in Zagreb. Before the Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković opened the one-week event, Minister of Tourism and Sports Nikolina Brnjac emphasized the importance of involvement in sports and recreation because they enable us a healthier and better life, but also emphasized the concern about the percentage of Croatian population that practices it every day.

She also reminded of the fact that the subtitle of last year's National Sports Program 2019-2026 reads: "Towards a healthy and active nation, proud of sports successes." Unfortunately, the studies have shown that less than 40 percent of the Croatian population is involved in sports and recreation. The Head of the European Commission Representation in Croatia Ognian Zlatev also addressed the audience in the Croatian language. 

Furthermore, the European Week of Sport was initiated by the European Commission and it is held at the end of September in all EU countries, including Croatia. Under the slogan #BeActive, it is dedicated to motivating and activating citizens to engage in physical activity. In the rich program at the Jarun lake, numerous sports clubs and associations, as well as exercise centers, demonstrated various forms of physical activity to the present citizens. Representatives of the Croatian Wrestling Federation, the Croatian Paralympic Committee, the Croatian Squash Federation, the Špansko Tennis Club, the Croatian Sapphire School, Golden Gym and many other athletes participated in the event. The program started with #BeActive warm-up organized by the Fitness College, and then the citizens walked around Jarun within the activity of the Croatian Institute of Public Health "Walking Towards Health". Numerous dignitaries, led by the Prime Minister Plenković, tested their agility in sports activities, and the range of offered sports was truly diverse - basketball, volleyball, tennis, fencing, field hockey, taekwondo, kung fu, rowing, kayaking, shooting, bowling... 

Ambassador of the European Week of Sport Maida Arslanagić presented a sports program adapted to children and young people with disabilities. This project was also supported by famous gymnasts Tin Srbić and Marijo Možnik and many former athletes. The President of the Croatian Olympic Committee (COC) Zlatko Mateša also took part in the opening of the European Week of Sport at Jarun, and he used this event to talk to numerous male and female athletes whose competitive spirit is suffering from the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

European Week of Sport ends in one week (30 September) with a ceremony at the Osijek’s Tvrđa (fortress). (COC/VK)