More than 500 elementary and secondary school children from 29 schools in the Czech Republic's Moravian-Silesian region and Ostrava took part in the “Ostrava supports continents” road show on Thursday (March 22). The project, “Ostrava supports continents”, is connected to IAAF Continental Cup, which will take place in Ostrava on 8-9 September as the biggest athletic event this year in the Czech Republic.
It is a project designed for elementary and secondary school students as well as for members of athletic clubs, which began on 16 November with a draw ceremony at Ostrava's City Hall. In total, 30 elementary schools and 27 secondary schools entered the project. The main goal of “Ostrava supports continents” is to involve children in regular physical activity.
Valter Boček, the Executive Director of the IAAF Continental Cup, Ostrava Deputy Mayor Vladimír Cigánek, Deputy Governor of the Moravian-Silesian Region Stanislav Folwarczny and double Olympic Champion Barbora Špotáková took part as guests.
"We are delighted to be able to support the event we are all looking forward to in September," Cigánek told young students and athletes.
"Athletics is the queen of sports and this project helps to popularise the IAAF Continental Cup. It is a great motivation to be able to try the competition in a professional environment," Folwarczny said.
"You are a part of the IAAF Continental Cup, the reason why the project actually came into being," Boček told the young competitors. "Compete in the spirit of fair play and support your school. We are looking forward to meeting the best of you at the stadium in September."
The competition was comprised of three events: a 60m run, throwing a medicine ball and a standing long jump. Špotáková, the world record holder in javelin throw and the ambassador for the Continental Cup's Asia-Pacific team, carefully monitored the students' performances, before posing for pictures and signing autograph cards.
"I am surprised to see that the event was well organised," Špotáková said. "All the participants were so enthusiastic! Everyone is looking forward to September when IAAF Continental Cup will be held." All of the participants were greeted by Colin Jackson, a former world champion in the 110m hurdles, the ambassador of Team Europe. "I'm really looking forward to Ostrava. I have raced there several times and I know that the Ostrava audience loves athletics."
IAAF Continental Cup as the most prestigious athletic event organized by the International Federation of Athletic Associations IAAF takes place in Ostrava on 8th and 9th September 2018 and will be held at the Municipal Stadium in Ostrava-Vítkovice.
Tickets are available through Ticketportal (www.ticketportal.cz). At the moment, 70 percent of the tickets are sold, so fans should not hesitate to buy. Ticket prices start at 150 CZK per day, the highest category is 500 CZK. There are half-discounts for seniors (65+), children up to 130 cm or wheelchairs (their escort for symbolic CZK 1). Tickets can be purchased at Ticketportal. (www.ticketportal.cz).