Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Athletes, Let me welcome you to the sports games for the disabled youth – the Emil Open, this year unusually held in September. The events of recent months have shown how important are the values defining the Emil Open – belonging, collaboration and mutual assistance – for our society.
Being an athlete is all about great discipline, hard work and energy. Being an athlete with a handicap is all of that, as well as requiring a massive amount of willpower, resilience and determination. I sincerely admire and support all those who have decided to actively participate in sports despite their handicap.
You prove to all people that those who simply did not have so much fortune as others in their lives can spend their time actively and in the company of friends, accepting and overcoming challenges and experiencing the joy of victory, despite their handicap.
Disabled athletes, boccia players or swimmers do not thousands of likes on twitter to be motivated to training, while even coming to the stadium is difficult for them. And it is this determination where a true sporting spirit is hidden in.
Sports and sporting competition form a unique and irreplaceable cultural value of humanity that can connect people, give them a sense of dignity, educate them in the sense of fair play, of justice, and it leads to a sense of collective identity and respect for one another.
The importance of physical education and sport is constantly growing and meaningful spending of free time is becoming an increasingly important part of our lifestyle. That is why I appreciate the initiative and commitment that Emil Open has been doing for the 7th year of this international sporting event.
European Youth Games for the Disabled are annually returning to the South Moravian Region and its metropolis, Brno. Disabled athletes, their will and enthusiasm are a huge inspiration for us all.
The city has been involved in supporting the European Youth Games for the Disabled already last year and I am glad that organizers have received subsidy of 1 million Czech crowns this year as well.
For the City Council of Brno-střed district it is already pleasant tradition to unanimously approve help for the international games for the disabled youth EMIL OPEN.
The city council of Brno-Centre approved a 100% discount on the rent of an indoor pool under the management of the Kraví hora Sport and Recreation Complex on 8 – 9 June 2017 for participants of the 6th European Youth Games for the Disabled EMIL OPEN.
This international sport, but mainly social meeting of young people with a disability has attained considerable popularity with both domestic and foreign competitors. These Games are an amazing crossover between two worlds where the will and enthusiasm of the athletes with a disability inspire us all.
Welcome to the 6th European Youth Games for the Disabled “Emil Open”. I am pleased that this sporting event is taking take place right here in Brno, the city promised to the sports. Events like this contribute to the fight against prejudice and help people find a way to each other regardless of age, colour of the skin or disability.
"Sport plays a significant role in our lifes. It brings joy and excitement, hapiness and also disapoitment."
Allow me to welcome you in the name of the Národní rada osob se zdravotním postižením ČR and wish you a nice stay in Brno.
"I would like to welcome all the participants of the 2017 European Games for the Disabled Emil Open in the South Moravian metropole - Brno."
"I would like in this way to greet you and wish you every success in this year's Emil Open Games, in the best of sporting atmospheres, to have that good feeling that comes from good performances and friendly surroundings that will motivate you in sport and fair play in the years to come."
Radana Kolčavová, the press attaché of the Brno University of Technology speaks about the cooperation with Emil Open and about the need of the major sport events for the kids and students.