The ribbon was cut at the unveiling by Slovenian Olympic Committee President Bogdan Gabrovec, Dr Maja Makovec Brenčič, Minister of Education, Science and Sport, and Eva Štravs Podlogar, State Secretary at the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology.
Not every Olympic Games has played host to a Slovenia House, the last time being the Winter Olympics in Vancouver in 2010. Bogdan Gabrovec, Dr Maja Makovec Brenčič and Eva Štravs Podlogar
have therefore signed a letter of intent on Slovenia Houses at the next Summer Games in Tokyo in 2020 and the next Winter Games in Beijing in 2022.
The Olympic Games are the biggest sports event in the world, bringing together almost all countries on the planet. While athletes at the Olympic Games usually aspire to perfect performances and the best possible results, the biggest sports event in the world has long outgrown the confines of sport. The activities that take place alongside the Games are just as important as those taking place in the sports arenas.
The official opening of the Slovenia House
was attended by a large number of friends of Slovenia; these included Dr Janez Kocijančič
, President of the European Olympic Committees, former UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon
, and Jean Todt
, President of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile and long-time head of the Ferrari Formula 1 team, along with their spouses. Also present was President of the Serbian Olympic Committee and former Slovenian basketball coach Božidar Maljković.
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