Opening of a singular university sports museum in Lithuania

November 21, 2022 | in Other events

Opening of a unique university sports museum in Lithuania

The Lithuanian Students Sports Association (LSSA) has opened the National Student Sports Museum of Lithuania, the first of its kind in the world.

Acting President of FISU Leonz Eder, prof. Dr. Diana Rèklaitienè, Rector of the Lithuanian Sports University Linas Obcarskas, Deputy Minister of Education, Science and Sports, and LSSA President Ceslovas Garbaliauskas (from right to left in the photo above) cut the ribbon at the ceremony.

“This museum means a lot and we are delighted that it will cherish the very rich history of student sports,” said Linas Obcarskas.

The event was also an opportunity to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the LSSA and to honor its president, Ceslovas Garbaliauskas (pictured below with Leonz Eder), who is retiring after 32 years of managing the association.

During his rule, as many as 11,221 Lithuanian student-athletes took part in the SELL Games, and 1,024 competed in the Universiades, where they won 23 gold, 13 silver and 22 bronze medals. Lithuanian students also participated in five EUSA Games (they won 12 gold, 11 silver and 19 bronze medals).

“For a country like Lithuania, these numbers are impressive,” said Ceslovas Garbaliauskas.

Acting FISU President Leonz Eder gave a presentation on The long-term value of college sports for students.

He also received the title of Doctor Honoris Causa from the Lithuanian University of Sports in recognition of his work for the international development and promotion of student sports.

“I am very happy to receive this award. However, I think that not only for me, but for the entire student sports movement,” he said.

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