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Celebrating the Day of Slovenian Sport together

On 23 September, when the Slovenian national anthem was played for the first time at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Slovenia celebrates the Day of Slovenian Sport.

High five between a child and a man

On 23 September Slovenia celebrates the Day of Slovenian Sport | Author

The main event honouring the national holiday will take place at Congress Square in Ljubljana.  This is also the start of the European Week of Sport launched by the European Commission and lasting from 23 to 30 September.

Slovenians are second in the world in terms of Olympic medals won per capita, and winners of numerous medals at world championships. Top athletic achievements, outstanding natural features, highly developed infrastructure and physical education in primary and secondary schools are just some of the factors that contribute to our lifelong connection to sport and motivate us to devote a large part of our free time to sport and recreational activities. We are a sporting nation, as evidenced by school playgrounds full of young people, packed mountain huts and lodges, and sports enthusiasts of all generations in sports halls and fitness centres. Six out of ten Slovenians do more than two and a half hours of recreational sport activities a week, and four out of ten spend more than five hours a week doing sport.

The fact that sport is in our nature has been recognised by the state; on 18 June 2020, following the initiative of the Olympic Committee of Slovenia – Association of Sports Federations (OKS–AF), it declared 23 September the Day of Slovenian Sport.

More about the Day of Slovenian Sport you can read here.