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State to reward 211 athletes for achievements in 2010

A total of 211 athletes in individual disciplines and two teams will be awarded a total sum of €264,246 from the coffers of the Education Ministry (whose remit includes sport), the TASR newswire reported following a government session held on Wednesday, March 9.

A total of 211 athletes in individual disciplines and two teams will be awarded a total sum of €264,246 from the coffers of the Education Ministry (whose remit includes sport), the TASR newswire reported following a government session held on Wednesday, March 9.

Originally, the ministry proposed financial rewards for an extra ten athletes, but it has emerged that their achievements don't match the criteria for financial rewards from the state budget. The Education Ministry stressed that many more athletes than the 211 who will receive awards actually won medals at World and European championships, but they did not qualify for awards according to the current criteria.

Slovak sport has recorded several significant successes recently, with hammer-thrower Libor Charfreitag becoming Slovakia's first ever world champion in athletics. At the 2010 Vancouver Games, biathlete Anastasia Kuzmina won Slovakia's first gold at a Winter Olympics since the country gained independence in 1993. In addition, Slovakia was among the most successful countries at the Winter Paralympics in Vancouver.

Source: TASR

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