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The European Figure Skating Championships in Ostrava

The European Figure Skating Championships held from 25th January to 29th January, 2017, in Ostrava welcomed delegations from the Žilina Region in the Slovak Republic and Vologda Oblast in the Russian Federation – partner regions to the Moravian and Silesian Region by invitation of the Governor.

The leaders of these delegations – Juraj Blanár, Chairman of the Žilina Region, and Alexej Šerlygin, Senior Deputy Governor of Vologda Oblast, used this major sporting event as an opportunity to meet the newly elected representatives of the Moravian and Silesian Region and discuss options for continued cooperation in tourism, the environment and healthy cities, and sport.

The Russian Federation proposed cooperation in training young hockey players and organising junior player exchanges and friendly matches. Sergej Fokičev, an Olympic medallist in the 1984 Olympic Games in Sarajevo in speed skating, who is currently responsible for sport in Vologda Oblast, was one of the Vologda delegation. Specific proposals for cooperation were presented and discussed during his meeting with Mr. Stanislav Folwarczny, the Deputy Governor. “I appreciate the continued development of cooperation between our regions and I welcome and pledge support for these activities on behalf of the Moravian and Silesian Region. Our work with youth and in sport can become the ideal bond and starting point for further development”, the Deputy Governor stated.

Numerous other interesting meetings are evidence that many additional activities took place against the backdrop of the European Figure Skating Championships. These included a friendly discussion between J. Blanár, the Governor of the Žilina Region, I. Vondrák, the Governor of the Moravian and Silesian Region, and Martin Doktor, a double Olympic champion in canoe sprinting in 1996 and the current Sports Director of the Czech Olympic Committee.

Both delegations praised the excellent preparation, organisation, and social aspects of the European Figure Skating Championships. Governor Vondrák added: We are pleased that the Moravian and Silesian Region was given the opportunity to be involved in such a highly-esteemed event and could support it financially and organisationally. I have always believed sport to be a universal means of communication between nations and this is why it will continue to receive my support in the future.”

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