Due to the corona crisis and limited possibilities to practice sport in the time of serious restrictions the Slovak Olympic and Sports Committee (SOSC) in cooperation with the Radio and Television of Slovakia (RTVS) has launched the a project in April - „Practice Sport at Home, Slovakia".
Through this project well-known Slovak athletes are encouraging general public to practice sport at home.
In normal situation the SOSC, starting from the end of March, would have organized in 8 mayor Slovak cities „Practice Sport, Slovakia" project, that was launched last year. However, the events were initially cancelled and only some of them are
postponed to be organized if the corona crisis development will allow mass events later this year.
The new situation called for a new project – one that is adjusted to the current
situation when almost everyone is staying at home for extended periods of time. This
was made in close cooperation between the Slovak Olympic and Sports Committee
and the RTVS. The pilot of the „Practice Sport at Home, Slovakia" project was
broadcasted on 27th April. Now the general public has the opportunity to be daily
inspired for more than next 2 months by the Slovak top athletes on how to practice
at home utilizing ordinary household items.
Moreover, each of the 15 minutes video includes a special „challenge" featuring
special tricks of top athletes where the general public can join and compete. The
athletes are not only practicing sport in these videos, but also responding to
questions from TV commentators. In addition, the videos also include some of their
competition´s footage. The videos are released through the RTVS broadcasting (on its
three channels – Jednotka, Dvojka and Trojka) and through the SOSC social media
channels and website.
Among the top Slovak athletes taking part in this project are for example the triple
Olympic Champion - biathlete Anastasia Kuzmina, another Olympic medallists -
shooter Danka Bartekova (also IOC and IOC Athletes’ Commission Member) and
white-water canoeist Matej Benus, multiple World and European champion
white-water canoeist Alexander Slafkovsky, triathlete Richard Varga, biathlete Paulina
Fialkova, sprinter Jan Volko, archer Alexandra Longova, gymnast Barbora Mokosova,
white-water kayaker Jakub Grigar and many-many others.
The main goal of the project „Practice Sport at Home, Slovakia" is to help citizens of
Slovakia to stay in a good mental mood and in a good physical shape in the hard time
of corona crisis, and to improve their immunity. Examples of the top athletes show
that people can be physically active also in their safe home environment, without
taking a risk to practice sport in the places with a big concentration of people.
„I am extremely glad that our top athletes are able to be role models for everyone
and showcase how they can be active and moving effectively also in this hard times.
This is a source of motivation and positive energy," quoted SOSC president Anton
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