25 Oct 2021
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25 October 2021
Initiated by the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, the Ministry of Health and the Lithuanian NOC (LNOC), the Olympic Month project for primary school pupils – which is in its fourth year – started on 4 October. Over the course of four weeks, pupils will get acquainted with four topics: physical activity, healthy eating habits, emotional health and cooperation. More than 30,000 children engaged in exercise throughout the first week, accompanied by several athletes. The project will engage children in activities during both classes and breaks, as well as at home with their parents. This year, 1,900 classes from all over Lithuania are taking part in the project. More info here. In addition, from 4 to 6 October, a training course for advanced learners of the Olympic Values Education Programme (OVEP) brought together 19 educators, who further enhanced their knowledge of Olympic education through a series of engaging practice-based activities. In the last three years, over 30 training sessions for teachers have been held in 10 cities in Lithuania, where over 1,200 educators have been trained to implement the OVEP. More info here. Furthermore, the Best Lithuanian Physical Education Teachers Awards were presented during a ceremony held at the Presidential Palace. The 10 winners were congratulated by First Lady Diana Nausėdienė, the Minister of Education, Science and Sport, Jurgita Šiugždinienė, and LNOC President and IOC Member Daina Gudzinevičiūtė. More info here.
02 July 2021
This year, the Olympic Day festival in Lithuania lasted for a record-breaking six days. During this time, sports fans were able to try out more than 50 different sports activities. The President of the Republic of Lithuania, Gitanas Nausėda, lit the Olympic Day flame at the beginning of the festival, with Lithuanian NOC President and IOC Member Daina Gudzinevičiūtė also in attendance. Some athletes who will compete at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 carried the flame from the NOC to the festival site in Vilnius. During the celebration of Olympic Day in Vilnius, for the first time, sports activities were available from Monday to Friday at dedicated sports bases, namely in the venues used by Olympians for training. The festival included breakdance and skateboarding demos, as well as a 500m run for children, the Lithuanian Olympic mile (1,988m) and 5 and 10km running competitions. More details here.
23 April 2021
The annual Olympic Education Forum, launched six years ago by the NOC of Lithuania (LNOC), was held in a virtual format for the first time. The event was attended by 1,300 participants, including educators, coaches, and representatives of municipalities and the sport and education sectors. The participants were welcomed by the First Lady of Lithuania, Diana Nausėdienė; the Minister of Education, Science and Sport, Jurgita Šiugždinienė; and LNOC President Daina Gudzinevičiūtė. The topic of the Forum was “Physical Literacy: a Different Point of View”. Two discussions were held in the course, during which experts spoke about the importance of physical literacy for quality living and the environment that should be created for the development of physical literacy. The presentation of all the speakers – local and foreign experts – had one thing in common: the emphasis on physical literacy as a necessity to be studied in the same way as languages, mathematics or other subjects. More info at www.ltok.lt.
16 April 2021
In March, the Lithuanian NOC launched its “New Miracle” project while discussions on promoting women's leadership and gender equality in sport were encouraged by the IOC that same month. This leadership-driven project will create and implement a free training programme for young or novice sports managers and an exclusive mentoring platform where the project participants will have the opportunity to consult with experienced colleagues. On this occasion, the NOC magazine “Olympic Panorama” talked about the road towards equality with Olympic champion, IOC Member and NOC President Daina Gudzinevičiūtė (photo). More info at www.ltok.lt.
08 March 2021
The NOC of Lithuania (LNOC) and the Lithuanian Olympic Fund have successfully held their second mass virtual sports event. Over 2,000 participants joined the LTeam Winter Festival 2021 from 17 to 21 February. They were able to choose from a number of sports and disciplines: jogging, cycling, skating, skiing, Alpine skiing and snowboarding. LTeam athletes, friends and partners had prepared 14 different virtual training sessions specially for the Festival, which will be also available on the LNOC and LTeam YouTube accounts for those who could not try them during the Festival. In addition, there were more than 2,000 photos or videos posted on social media by participants. Info at www.ltok.lt.
01 February 2021
The NOC of Lithuania (LNOC) held a remote conference on the “Olympic Values Education Programme: Opportunities and Tools”. This was one of the series of teacher training sessions of the Olympic Values Education Programme (OVEP) taking place for the third year. The participants were welcomed by the country’s First Lady, Diana Nausėdienė. Furthermore, on 15 December, the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania adopted the Law on the Ratification of the Nairobi Treaty on the Protection of the Olympic Symbol. This will ensure the legal protection of the Olympic symbol (the Olympic rings) in Lithuania. In addition, in the framework of the HeForShe campaign, the former President of the Republic of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaitė, who was The Patron of this campaign, spoke in an interview to the magazine Olympic Panorama, about the importance of gender equality in society, saying that: “equality is a common goal for both women and men” and that “gender equality is one of the most important human rights.” More info at www.ltok.lt
14 December 2020
Through its Olympic Education Programme, the Lithuanian NOC is conducting two successful projects. For three years, the Dreams & Teams project has enabled over 1,700 students from different schools in the Klaipėda region to develop their leadership, teamwork and cooperation skills via sport. This ongoing project is organised by the British Council in Lithuania together with the NOC. Every year, the participants have the opportunity to meet and talk with an Olympian. This spring, they remotely met Olympic champion, NOC President and IOC Member Daina Gudzinevičiūtė, and during the final stage of the project they talked about leadership with the cyclist Gediminas Bagdonas (see photo). The second project, The Olympic Month, is organised by the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, the Ministry of Health and the NOC. It is a unique project, now in its third edition, and is aimed at primary school students with a view to promoting children’s physical activity, introducing them to the principles of a healthy lifestyle, and helping them learn to recognise their emotions and have quality rest. This year, the project has attracted 62 per cent more schools (1,374) than last year. In total, 26,267 children from 447 educational institutions were engaged in activities while also meeting with Olympians, who shared experiences and tips with them. More info at www.ltok.lt.
30 November 2020
The NOC of Lithuania has shared its fifth and final story for the HeForShe Lithuania campaign. This one is about the Jansonas family (photo) which includes three sports – handball with Tadas, the father; volleyball with Astas, the mother; and football with Romualsa, the son. In this video, we learn that the “Formula of Happiness in the Family of Sports Coaches is Equal Distribution of Work and Mutual Support.” More info at www.ltok.lt
30 October 2020
In the framework of the HeForShe campaign, the NOC of Lithuania has published a fourth video on the theme “Love for Football and the Value of Equality in the Family of a Lithuanian and an American”. This video relates the story of Heraclio Ulises Perezas, an American who moved to Lithuania to be with his beloved Justina Lavrenovaitė-Perez, a football referee and coach. Today, the couple (see photo) coach girls to play football, and live their personal lives based on their own rules. HeForShe is a solidarity campaign for gender equality established by UN Women. More info at www.ltok.lt.
16 October 2020
During its General Assembly Election Session held in Vilnius on 9 October, the NOC of Lithuania (LNOC) re-elected Olympic champion and IOC Member Daina Gudzinevičiūtė as its President. Lilija Vanagienė, President of the Lithuanian Skating Federation, Saulius Galadauskas, President of the Lithuanian Sports Masters Association, and Naglis Nasvytis, President of the Lithuanian Yachting Union, were elected as LNOC Vice-Presidents. The LNOC Secretary General and Treasurer, respectively, are Valentinas Paketūras and Darius Čerka, President of the Lithuanian Volleyball Federation. More info at www.ltok.lt.
10 july 2020
29 june 2020
In the framework of the HeForShe campaign, the NOC of Lithuania published a second video about rugby player Austėja Minkevičiūtė (right in photo). In this video, the Lithuanian women’s team player and children’s rugby coach tries to discard the stigma surrounding rugby and encourages girls to try playing the sport. HeForShe is a solidarity campaign for gender equality established by UN Women. More info at www.ltok.lt.
As part of the festive events on 23 June, held on the official website of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), athletes were seen live answering questions from fans, taking part in an intellectual quest, conducting workouts and presenting awards to the most active sports enthusiasts. All the events were accessible online, and the programme included exciting sports. Full details here. As part of the Olympic Country programme, the ROC has announced the launch of its #SEMYAZASPORT contest. The main aim of the contest is to unite families in their desire to take part in sports, lead an active lifestyle and be part of the Olympic Movement. The contest will run from 17 June to 5 July. Full info here.
16 march 2020
To mark International Women’s Day on 8 March in Vilnius, the Lithuanian NOC presented and launched the United Nations project HeForShe for the advancement of gender equality. The event was attended by former Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė; the Minister of Education, Science and Sport, Algirdas Monkevičius, NOC Vice-President Saulius Galadauskas; and prominent figures from the sports community. During this campaign, the stories of five top athletes and the men supporting them, whether husbands, colleagues or friends, will be told through videos. Among other things, the project seeks to remind people that women’s sport, like gender equality, is a shared objective, and to draw more attention to women’s team sports. More details on www.ltok.lt.
07 february 2020
On 27 January, the Lithuanian NOC launched an international training course on “Values education through sport: applying the OVEP [Olympic Values Education Programme] 2.0 methodology”. The course brought together 28 participants from Lithuania, Germany, Estonia, Israel, North Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Besides sharing experiences, the participants sought to understand aspects of the contemporary world in which young people are living, and the challenges they face. The course is partly funded by the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme, which supports education, training, youth and sport in Europe. More info at www.ltok.lt. In addition, on 29 January, during the final event of the "Towards gender balance with media” project organised by the Lithuanian NOC, the situation of gender equality in Lithuania was discussed. The event was attended by representatives of sports federations, journalists, public relations specialists, athletes and members of the Lithuanian Olympic team (LTeam). The first event of the project took place in April 2019, in Druskininkai. The Lithuanian NOC developed the Recommendations for Lithuanian Media on Sports Topics and Athlete Portrayal based on national cases and the IOC’s Olympic Agenda 2020 and 2018 Gender Portrayal Guidelines, in collaboration with the Lithuanian Sports Journalists’ Federation. More info at www.ltok.lt.
11 November 2019
22 October 2019
As part of version 2.0 of the IOC’s Olympic Values Education Programme (OVEP), the Lithuanian NOC will organise an Olympic values education training course from 27 January to 4 February 2020. The project developed by the NOC has been joined by eight partner organisations: the Estonian Sport and Olympic Museum; the German Olympic Academy; and the NOCs of North Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and the Czech Republic. Three participants from each partner country will be chosen to take this course, which is funded by the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme. More details here.
28 June 2019
13 June 2019
18 June 2018
In Lithuania, Olympic Day 2018 enjoyed record participation of 28,000 people on 2 June in Panevėžys. Around 30 Olympians, including biathlete Tomas Kaukėnas, marathon runner Diana Lobačevskė and boxer Tadas Tamašauskas took part, as did Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis and Member of Parliament Gediminas Vasiliauskas. The programme featured stand-up paddle, 3x3 basketball, cycling, teambuilding activities and the finals of the Lithuanian School Games, in which 500 children competed. At the end of the day, Lithuanian NOC President Daina Gudzinevičiūtė and the Mayor of Panevėžys, R. Račkauskas, handed the Olympic Day flag to the assistant of the Mayor of Klaipėda, Arūnas Šulcas, as Klaipėda will host the 2019 edition of Olympic Day. More details here.