September 21, 2021: Participation in the welcoming ceremony for Slovak Olympians organized by the Slovak Olympic and Sports Committee after their return from the Olympic Games in Tokyo

   On September 21, I attended a welcoming ceremony following the return of the Slovak Olympic team from the Tokyo Olympics. The Slovak Olympic and Sports Committee made a symbolic point behind the successful games at the Sedin golf resort near Veľké Úľany during a family event called Olympic Family Day.

   The Olympic family, supporters of Slovak sport, but above all successful Olympians, gathered in the natural environment. At the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Slovakia won one gold, two silver and one bronze medal. At the Games in Rio de Janeiro 2016, 51 athletes won two gold medals and two silver medals, a total of four precious medals. However, only 41 Slovak athletes traveled to Tokyo. The chairman of SOaŠV Anton Siekel was so visibly satisfied that even with a small number of elite athletes, Slovakia won the same number of medals as at the games in Rio.

   As a token of gratitude for a cooperation with our embassy, President Siekel presented me with a beautiful photo book with the signatures of the medalists and a commemorative collection of Olympic badges in the frame. I was glad that, despite a considerable time lag, it was possible to actively support the Slovak team on television and online.

   The ceremony was also attended by gold medalist, shooter Zuzana Rehák Štefečeková and silver from the men's golf tournament, Rory Sabbatini.

   For me, it was an experience to be able to look closely and touch Olympic medals. It was very interesting and inspiring. I was impressed that the medals were much heavier than I expected.

   I wished all Slovak athletes a lot of success at the upcoming Olympic Games, which will take place in Paris.