The Lithuanian Students Sports Association (LSSA) has opened the Lithuanian National Students Sports Museum, the first of its kind in the world.
FISU Acting President Leonz Eder, Prof. Dr. Diana Rèklaitienè, Rector of the Lithuanian Sports University, Linas Obcarskas, Vice-Minister of Education, Science and Sport and LSSA President Ceslovas Garbaliauskas (from right to left on the above picture) cut the ribbon at the ceremony.
“This museum means a lot and we are glad it will nurture a very rich history of student sports,” said Linas Obcarskas.
The event was also the occasion to celebrate LSSA’s 100th anniversary and honour its president Ceslovas Garbaliauskas (picture below with Leonz Eder) who is retiring after 32 years at the head of the association.
During his reign, no less than 11,221 Lithuanian students-athletes participated in the SELL games and 1,024 competed in the Universiades, where they won 23 gold, 13 silver and 22 bronze medals. Lithuanian students also participated in five EUSA Games (earning 12 gold, 11 silver and 19 bronze medals).
“For a country like Lithuania these numbers are impressive,” Ceslovas Garbaliauskas said.
FISU Acting President Leonz Eder made a presentation on the The Long Term Value of University Sports for Students.
He also received the title of Doctor Honoris Causa of the Lithuanian Sports University in recognition of his work in the international development and promotion of student sport.
“I am very happy to receive this award. However, I think it is not only for me, but for the entire student sports movement,” he said.