25p edition of the ISF World School Cross Country Championships in Štrbské Pleso came to an end this week with over 300 participants from Belgium, Czech Republic, England, France, Ireland, Israel, Lithuania, Mexico, Morocco, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey , Uganda and Ukraine, enjoying a week of activities, competitions, discoveries and friendships.
As Sunday was a day of competition, four races in the School category and Selected Teams for both boys and girls were watched by delegations from EnglandMexico, Morocco, Turkey and Uganda stand on the podium, displaying amazing skills at each race of all participating delegations.
ISF World School Cross Country Championship team rankings
ISF World School Cross Country Championship individual rankings
The Night of Nations, the backbone of all ISF events, took place on Monday 25p April with delegations taking the stage to introduce and present themselves and their nations, each with individual performances, creating a lively atmosphere with a strong sense of community.
After the competition day is over, Tuesday 26p April was the day of the “Friendship Relay”, a format focused not on competition, but on making friends and interacting with peers from around the world through a shared passion for running.
This was followed by an educational program organized by the Slovak Olympic Committee held in the Congress Hall, giving all participants the opportunity to engage in various activities, again with the aim of strengthening the friendships made during the event, getting to know other athletes and perpetuating the memories made during the event.
This edition of the ISF Schools Cross-Country World Championships was also attended by a Ukrainian delegation of school students consisting of 12 Ukrainian students enrolled in schools from the cities of Kosice, Poprad, Su?ani and Prešov in Slovakia, thanks to the organization between the Slovak School Sports Association and the School Sports Federation of Ukraine.
As this edition comes to an end, special thanks go to the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of the Slovak School Sports Association for their dedication and hard work in organizing this ISF event demonstrating Slovakia’s commitment to school sport. In addition to the Chairman of the ISF Technical Commission Nihat Doker from Turkey and members of the Technical Commission Lynda Lenton from England, Roman Kr.álik from Slovakia and Mugisha Christopher Banage from Uganda, overseeing the event and supporting the LOC. Also, special thanks to Matej Tóth, Gold Medalist of the Olympic Games 2016 in walking, who joined us as an ambassador of the event.
We would like to thank all the participating delegations, whose energy and commitment throughout the week made this event truly special and we hope that it will remain in the memory of all who attended.