Riga bids to be­come Euro­pean Cap­i­tal of Sport in 2021

The Baltic Times - - BALTIC NEWS - BNS/TBT Staff

The Euro­pean Cap­i­tals and Cities of Sport Fed­er­a­tion will de­cide this fall whether Riga will be the Euro­pean Cap­i­tal of Sport in 2021, as the fed­er­a­tion's Vi­cepres­i­dent John Swan­son told a press con­fer­ence in Riga today.

Riga Deputy Mayor An­dris Ameriks today sub­mit­ted to Swan­son the Riga City Coun­cil's bid for the ti­tle of the Euro­pean Cap­i­tal of Sport in 2021.

The au­thor of the idea of the Euro­pean Cap­i­tal of Sport is Pro­fes­sor Gian Francesco Lu­pat­telli, who at the end of the 1990’s, ob­served that there were many lo­cal gov­ern­ments across Europe that were not do­ing much to pop­u­lar­ize sports, while other mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties were tak­ing ac­tive part in or­ga­ni­za­tion of var­i­ous ath­letic ac­tiv­i­ties. In co­op­er­a­tion with Span­ish and Ital­ian of­fi­cials, the con­cept of the Euro­pean Cap­i­tal of Sport was de­vel­oped to praise and honor cities which ac­tively con­trib­ute to fos­ter­ing healthy life­style.

Madrid was the first city to be named the Euro­pean Cap­i­tal of Sport in 2001. The award has since been pre­sented to such cities as Dublin, Copen­hagen, Istanbul and oth­ers.

This year, Mar­seille is the Euro­pean Cap­i­tal of Sport, Sofia will take over in 2018, Bu­dapest in 2019 and Malaga in 2020.

The other cities that seek the ti­tle of Euro­pean Cap­i­tal of Sport in 2021 are Hague and Lis­bon, but Riga is the first to sub­mit its bid, said Swan­son.

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