Good luck to all the athletes competing!
Celebrities and sports stars came together to celebrate Special Olympics athletes in Brno, Czech Republic as the 2014 National Games open. The Games represent the largest Special Olympics event in Czech Republic for 2014.
The longest serving world-record holder in athletics, runner Jarmila Kratochvílová, lit the cauldron on Monday, June 30th. The Opening Ceremony also included performances by leading Czech singers František Nedvěd and Lucie Bílá, both of whom waived their fees.
431 athletes from 63 clubs across the country are competing in athletics, volleyball, rhythmic gymnastics, table tennis, cycling, swimming, bocce and adapted sports at the sport fields of the Brno Technical University from July 1st to 2nd.
They are supported by 300 family members, coaches and volunteers.
“These Games are part of the selection process for Team Czech Republic to go to the World Summer Games that will take place in Los Angeles in 2015,” says Martina Středová, national director of the Special Olympics CR.
About Hana Pavlistova: I am President of Special Olympics Czech Republic.