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President of the European Paralympic Committee John Petersson visits EUG in Rijeka


News - President of the European Paralympic Committee John Petersson visits EUG in Rijeka

‘It’s great to see swimmers and para swimmers together in one place making new friendships, socializing and swimming. Unity is appreciated in the Paralympic family; we don’t differentiate or encourage exclusion,’ said the president of the European Paralympic Committee John Petersson during his visit of the European Universities Games in Rijeka.

Petersson met with representatives of the City of Rijeka and local sports organisations on Sunday, 24 July, at the Kantrida Swimming Pool Complex. He wished Rijeka the best of luck for the last days of the competition and the closing ceremony.

Haris Pavletić, vice president of EUSA and the EUG, said that he was proud of the legacy these Games leave as they were the first to include para sports on an equal level, and the first to be hosted by two cities.

‘We’re all extremely proud that two para sports are represented at the European Universities Games for the first time,’ said the Mayor of Rijeka, Vojko Obersnel.

Milka Milinković, Croatian Paralympic athlete, said that the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County was the birthing place of the entire Croatian Paralympics movement; it was her and Ivica Pribanić who had participated in the 1972 Paralympic Games in Heidelberg.

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