About Day of Slovenian Sport
This day is celebrated on 23 September, marking the day in 2000 when Slovenian athletes first won Olympic gold medals since the country's independence. It also coincides with the first day of the annual European Week of Sport.
The day should be used to further raise awareness about the importance of physical activity, including among those who are rarely or never seen exercising.
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.
Slovenia is 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.
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.
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