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March, 2 2020 in Belgrade, Serbia a founding General Assembly of the European School Sport Federation was held.
Representatives from 23 European countries (Austria, Armenia, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Great Britain, Greece, France, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Portugal, Republic of Srpska, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine) gathered in Belgrade on Founding General Assembly of the European School Sport Federation.
After confirming quorums, they made constitutional decision about founding European School Sport Federation. They continued with adoption of the Statutes and election of the President, two Vice Presidents, Secretary General and Treasurer. The President of Serbian School Sport Federation Zeljko Tanaskovic was elected as its first President with Russia’s Alan Abaev as the Vice-President. In addition, the board of the newly founded ESSF is composed of Croatia’s Ivana Putarek as its Vice-President, Greece’s Stelios Daskalakis as Secretary General and Romania’s Constantin Caliman as treasurer. All decisions were made unanimously.
The decision comes as Zeljko Tanaskovic will be leading preparations for World School Games U15 in Belgrade next year, and Alan Abaev will be in charge of two ISF Gymnasiades scheduled to take place in Russia, in Krasnoyarsk and Ekaterinburg in 2021 and 2024.
ESSF President Zeljiko Tanaskovic said following his appointment,
“It is a great pleasure for me to be elected ESSF President and thank you to everyone who believes in me. It is also a great challenge for me but I believe we can all do a lot together. We will do our best to include as many students as possible in competitions and projects that are relevant to their age. As a former volleyball player I am used to teamwork and expect the same from other members. I am also very happy and fully engaged to work in very close cooperation with ISF”
ISF President Laurent Petrynka commented,
“I congratulate European Sport School Federation, Mr. Tanaskovic and his team on this historic moment of its foundation. I believe this is a big step towards uniting and consolidating continental efforts in brining the youth together through sport and education. We are looking forward to working with our colleagues from ESSF to bring school sport in Europe to another level.”
After many years of serious discussions and preparations for this moment, all founded countries expressed their happiness with foundation of the European School Sport Federation which will serve to all students from Europe and will provide for them many opportunities to be engaged in school sport activities on European level.
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