UNESCO champion’s title awarded to Virgilijus Alekna, the Lithuanian discus thrower

August 1, 2007 at 1:12 pm 1 comment

VirgilijusĀ AleknaTwice-Olympic, world and European champion discus thrower Virgilijus Alekna has been nominated champion for sports by UNESCO.

This title is awarded to the most prominent figures in sports. It helps spreading UNESCO’s ideals around the world — sports education and sports must serve for a better future of the young generation, the Foreign Ministry has reported.

Before Alekna, the title of a UNESCO champion for sports has been awarded to soccer legend Pele, F-1 pilot Michael Schumacher, judo Olympic champion David Douillet, tennis player Justine Henin-Hardenne, pole-vault champion Segey Bubka, boxers Vitaliy and Vladimir Klichko, ice-hockey player Viacheslav Fetisov.

In 2003, Lithuania‘s President Valdas Adamkus was nominated UNESCO’s good will ambassador for the society of knowledge.

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Entry filed under: Baltic States, Lithuania, Northern Europe, Sports.

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