Anniversary of the Lithuanian Olympic Academy
On November 8th, a festive conference celebrating the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the Lithuanian Olympic Academy took place in the Glass Hall of the Best Western Vilnius Hotel. Vytautas Magnus University Education Academy ensemble Ave Vita (directed by prof. Kastytis Barysas) welcomed the attendants with cheerful songs.
Pranas Majauskas, a member of the first LOA Council, and Valierius Jasiūnas, the first president of LOA, shared their memories of the "behind the scenes" of establishing LOA. The greetings of LOA Academician Valdas Adamkus, President of Lithuania, were particularly warmly received.
President of LNOC and Member of IOC Daina Gudzinevičiūtė congratulated LOA with a wonderful anniversary and presented LNOC awards to LOA members Henrikas Šadžius, Edmundas Švedas, and Juozas Skernevičius. Awards will also be handed over to Steponas Gečas and Antanas Skarbalis in the coming days.
Lithuanian Vice-Minister for Culture, Education and Science Kornelija Tiesnesytė expressed her congratulations and best wishes to LOA president Artūras Poviliūnas and read the congratulations to LOA members from Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis and Lithuanian Minister for Culture, Education and Science Algirdas Monkevičius. President of the Latvian Olympic Academy and Olympic champion Ivans Klementjevs and the Latvian OA Director expressed their appreciation for the genuine cooperation with LOA and presented President Poviliūnas with a watch, wishing many successful years ahead.
President of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences Jūras Banys and Lithuanian MP Dainius Kepenis said their congratulations.
Juozas Šalkauskas, the host of the event, read out the greetings received from President of the International Olympic Academy Isidoros Kouvelos, Lithuanian MP Kęstutis Smirnovas, President and Vice-President of the Ukrainian OA, Member of the NOC "Culture and Olympic Heritage" Committee Marija Bulatova.
Conference participants listened to a report by LOA Vice-President prof. Algirdas Raslanas and a speech by LOA Member Emilis Misiulis with great interest.
After the event, LOA members continued to chat, discuss, and share memories with each other.
Moments from the event can be seen in a gallery here.