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Frankfurt ready to kick off the European Week of Sport 2020

The launch will demonstrate how everyone can #BeActive, with sports stars, trainers, officials and children showing creative ways of keeping fit - whatever the circumstances.
Published 24 September 2020

Source: European Union 2020

Frankfurt may be known as a global banking and finance centre, but on September 23 it will effectively be Europe’s sporting capital as it hosts the official launch of the 2020 European Week of Sport (EWOS).

The coronavirus pandemic has forced Frankfurt to adapt its original launch. The main event now takes place in a new location – Alte Oper – where strict health and safety rules will apply.

German ice hockey star Daniel Weiss will moderate the launch event, which kicks off at 17.15 pm and is livestreamed.

There will be video greetings by IOC President Thomas Bach and Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth.

Other contributions from prominent ambassadors include:

  • German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) President Alfons Hörmann
  • German Gymnastics Federation (NCB) President Alfons Hölzl
  • Hessian Minister of the Interior and for Sport Peter Beuth.and federal State Secretary Stephan Mayer.
  • Retired gymnast Fabian Hambüchen
  • judo champion Alexander Wieczerzak
  • artistic gymnast Sophie Scheder
  • and TV presenter Sonya Kraus

Week of Sport 2020 - still growing!

The European Week of Sport – currently in its sixth edition – is for everyone: regardless of age, background or fitness level. It promotes an active lifestyle through a variety of celebrations and events. Over the years, millions of people in Europe have joined in its activities.

In 2019, Germany held more than 530 European Week of Sport events.This year, there are 120 activities planned in Frankfurt alone - including the programmes linked to the European School Sports Day on September 27.

While Germany boasts high marks for health and fitness – as its football and Olympic records testify – it still has room for improvement.  A 2018 Eurobarometer survey found that only 43 percent of Germans do sport or fitness regularly and systematically, while 52 percent also say that they rarely or never do sport.

‘You should have four to five hours of sport or active exercise per week to stay healthy in the long term,’ said German Gymnastics Federation (NCB) Secretary General Michaela Röhrbein, the national coordinator of the # BeActive campaign. ‘And it is not just us adults: only one in every five children in Germany moves for more than an hour a day. This has a wide range of health consequences.’

Germany will follow the launch with a digital conference on September 24, gathering high-ranking guests to look at how Europe's citizens can be encouraged to do more sport and exercise.

Other flagship events for this year’s Week of Sport:

  • the # BeActive-Night on September 26
  • a yoga class with #BeActive Ambassador Sonya Kraus on September 27 – will be broadcast live from 11.00 - 12.00 as part of #BeActive TV on streaming platform
  • #BeActive TV will also broadcast daily highlights from the European Week of Sports, as well as interesting live talks, sports portraits, nutrition clips and workout units every day from 18.00 - 20.00

For more information, visit the #BeActiveFrankfurt website.

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