The Minister of Sports, Eduard Novak, on Friday stated, on the occasion of the launch of the European Week of Sport project, that one of the objectives of his mandate is “to determine Romanians to do sport,” highlighting on the same occasion the need to involve as many children as possible in sportive activities.
“One of the most important objectives of my term in office is to get the country involved in sports and to involve as many children as possible in sportive activities and to invest in grassroots sports. I think that this project called “Be active” supports our objectives. We are happy that after so many years Romania organizes its first edition and we become part of this European phenomenon. I wish that through this event we can bring as many people as possible closer to sports. First of all, in order to become a healthy and sporty nation, we have to start from somewhere and today, unfortunately, we still have few sports classes in school, very few registered athletes, but with these projects like “Be active,” with alternative sports classes in school, I think we can bring added value and focus on the rural part of the country, because 48% of the country is in the countryside, where unfortunately there is no infrastructure for mass sports,” said Novak, according to Agerpres.
He voiced his conviction that the idea according to which children no longer turn to sports activities is completely false.
Romanian MEP Victor Negrescu, present at the press conference organized to inaugurate the European Week of Sport project, highlighted the fact that in the next period European funds worth 53 million euros can be accessed for the organization of sports activities.
The Olympic fencing champion, Ana Maria Popescu, said that it would be interesting to find out how many children will join sports clubs following this action organized at the European level.
Former gymnast Simona Amanar highlighted the important role of models in sports, whom children must follow.
Former gymnast Marian Dragulescu hopes that people will feel more attracted to sports at the end of the European Week of Sport.
According to some statistical data, Romania is in last place in Europe when it comes to practicing sports, only 6% of the population doing sports frequently, and 63% not at all.
The organizers of the European Week of Sport, which will take place between September 23 and 30, intend to attract over 100,000 participants to this project.
I believe we can reach six-seven medals at Paris 2024 Summer Olympics
Sports Minister Eduard Novak stated on Friday that the Romanian sport goes through a “beautiful period,” through the good results obtained in international competitions, mentioning that the Romanian delegation could obtain six-seven medals at the Olympic Games in Paris in 2024.
“It’s a beautiful period, but I always say that we shouldn’t get too comfortable regarding these results, because we have a lot of things to do. We already have a champion, a phenomenon, David Popovici, or Chirila, in the fencing area, too, however if we look concretely, these are some individual results. We have to work very hard to have many athletes in one discipline, four or five, who are always there. This is our goal. Of course, the edition in Paris will be better than the one in Tokyo. But I always want what is best for Romania and I want us to reach our full potential. I think that we should win between 15 and 20 medals at the Olympic Games. The world championships are the first reference to see what you can win at the Olympic Games. If we keep talking like this, I believe that we could reach six or seven medals at the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics,” Novak stated.
On a personal level, the Minister has not yet decided whether he will definitively give up his activity as a Paralympic cyclist, wanting to compete next year alongside his son, Edmond, who participated this year in the European Youth Olympics Festival.
Photo: Facebook/Eduard Novak