Thank You All for the Great Fun!

Last Saturday, June 7, Warsaw's Kępa Potocka Park once has again turned into a colorful world of sport, games and fun. The weather was excellent this time and the turnout at the 15th Olympic Sports for All Festival was high - many fans of sport, recreation and Olympism attended the event.

Photo: Włodzimierz WłochAbout 200 Polish Olympic medalists showed up at the Polish Olympic Committee's Festival, including those who won their trophies at the last Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. They were accompanied by their younger colleagues who will represent Poland in August at the Second Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.

A special Olympic Games Nanjing 2014 Zone was an important part of the Festival. The Zone hosted competitions, games, tournaments, and young athletes who are currently on the brink of their careers on the Olympic arenas. The Zone's key attraction was a preparation of 5 large-format postcards, which will be sent to China together with the Polish Team. There was also a shot put competition for juniors and younger juniors; the competition took place under the slogan "In Search for the Champion's Successors". It was won by a leading youth world-class athlete, Konrad Bukowiecki, who achieved the result of 20,61. We count on him in Nanjing!

Photo: Włodzimierz WłochKępa Potocka became an arena of propagating both the Olympic sports (badminton, BMX, rowing, rhythmic gymnastics, golf, field hockey, horse riding, judo, canoeing, cycling, athletics, archery, football, weightlifting, sailing, shooting, fencing, tae kwon do, tennis, table tennis, wrestling) and those which are not part of the Olympic Games program such as: arm wrestling, baseball and softball, bocce, American football, korfball, chess and wushu. For the first time the Festival hosted rally raids and rhythmic gymnastics. Everyone could see, and even touch, Rafał Sonik's ATV, Grzegorz Baran's huge truck or meet Polish drivers who start in the Dakar Rally.

Obviously, we didn't forget about the youngest ones - loads of attractions have been prepared for children, like the World of 1000 Smiles. It was mostly their day.

It was the 15th edition of the Olympic Sports for All Festival, organized by the Polish Olympic Committee in cooperation with the Ministry of Sport and Tourism and Żoliborz District Office. It is a unique, one of a kind sport-recreational event in Poland.

Thank you all for the great time spent together and see you next year.

www.olimpijski.pl / Tomasz Piechal
Phot.: Włodzimierz Włoch
Translation: Piotr H. Kowalski, phkowalski@pkol.pl

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