Prague to be EU Capital of Sport : New Initiative lanunched
Prague will be the European Capital of Sport as from January 1 and because it already fulfils the criterion that 60 percent of its inhabitants go in for sport by end-2016, it has set the alternative goal for every Praguer losing at least one kilogram during the year, Jan Wolf has said.
Wolf, Prague´s councillor for sport, said the city will enter the year amid a Week of Sport for Free during which the capital´s inhabitants can use some sport facilities for free.
A total of 400 events will be held within the project during 2016. Besides the large ones, such as the Prague Marathon, smaller ones will be organised by sport clubs and city districts.
Prague´s budget for 2016 has been raised by 100 million crowns from this year´s 400 million in connection with the project.
The European Capitals of Sport Association (ACES) commission that grants the title European Capital of Sport was interested in the way of financing sport, how many sports grounds and active athletes there are in Prague or how the city promotes the sport activities of youth, seniors and the handicapped.
ACES representatives will visit Prague more than 30 times next year.
Source: Prague Monitor