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11. May 2016.

Vranje – The 10th Olympic Sports Games for school students, in which 7,000 elementary and secondary school students from all over Serbia will take part, were officially opened in Vranje yesterday evening.    

The games were opened by Vanja Udovicic, the Minister of Youth and Sports, while the opening ceremony was attended by Michael Davenport, the Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia. 

“The message that we have to send is that all 7, 000 participants are already winners, and that every child that takes part is a winner. They already carry the most important medal, and that is respect for your opponents, respect for your teammates, the way in which you win and the way in which you lose. That is why I think that all these children that are present here today are becoming better people, "said Minister Udovicic and pointed out that school sports play a major role in the education and upbringing of children, and that he hoped that the participants in the competition would make new friends and would jointly celebrate their victories, as well as defeats.  

“If I could go back to your age, sports would again be my first and only choice, "said Minister Udovicic to participants in the School Olympiad. 

The holding of the games was facilitated by the Government of Serbia, the European Union and the city of Vranje.

The Olympic Sports Games for school students will be completed on May 15.

Source: Info Centre South and Coordination Body