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Pioneering sports commentator dies at 80

GABO Zelenay who was considered among the pioneers of Slovak sports reporters died at the age of 80 in early August.

Zelenay, born in November 26, 1922, was one of the most popular Slovak sports commentators because of his energetic and enthusiastic approach to sports commentary.

His sports commentaries were very popular with the public because of Zelenay's style that, apart from commenting on ongoing games, included telling jokes and entertaining stories related to individual players.

One Slovak daily, Nový čas, said that Zelenay was a "reporter who managed to even make a game of chess attractive" to a wide audience.

Zelenay worked for the then state run Czechoslovak Radio for much of his life and in his career provided commentary for a variety of sports events including the Olympic Games in Mexico City in 1968, Sapporo, Japan in 1972, and in Moscow in 1980.

After the fall of communism in 1989, Zelenay became one of the co-founders of the Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS) and continued working in journalism writing small commentaries and features.

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