Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

IN SHORT

Gold medal winners to get pensions?

SLOVAK sports figures who have won gold medals at Olympic or Paralympic games or who have won gold at world championship events should be entitled to a special stipend from the state, according to a draft bill proposed by the Education Ministry.

In its draft amendment to the Act on Sports, the ministry proposes that starting at the age of 50 such gold medal winners should get a special state subsidy of Sk17,000 a month, which is almost 2.5 times the minimum wage, the Hospodárske Noviny daily wrote.

The ministry has calculated that currently fewer than 50 athletes would be entitled to draw this stipend, which would cost the state Sk12 million between 2008 and 2010.

"Why should an athlete who made the country famous not be entitled to receive some Sk20,000 after turning 50?" asked Dušan Galis, an MP for the ruling Smer party and the former coach of the national football team. Galis is the government's appointee for youth and sport.

Top stories

General Prosecutor filed a motion for the dissolution of ĽSNS

The Slovak Supreme Court received a motion to dissolve the extreme right ĽSNS party founded and led by Marian Kotleba.

Jaromír Čižnár

Russian spies allegedly recruit also Slovaks

They are using martial art clubs in Germany and dozens more in other EU states, in the Western Balkans, and in North America.

Illustrative stock photo

EC scrutinises state aid for Jaguar Photo

There is a question whether the scrutiny may impact the carmaker’s plans to invest in Slovakia.

The construction site of a brand new plant of Jaguar Land Rover near Nitra.

GLOBSEC forum will host guests from 70 countries

The 12th year of the conference will be attended by the highest number of participants in its history.

Slovak President Andrej Kiska gives the opening speech of The Globsec 2016 security conference.