Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

US Embassy marks International Roma Day with football match

ON INTERNATIONAL Roma Day, April 8, two unusual football teams met in Bratislava in a friendly match organised by the US Embassy to Slovakia to mark the occasion.  

Football match on International Roma Day, with US Embassy to Slovakia(Source: TASR)

The game featured a team of players from among the Embassy staff and their rivals - young Roma football players from a village called Čičava, in the Vranov nad Topľou district in Prešov region.

The Roma boys were eager to travel to Bratislava, as this was the first visit to the capital for many of them, the coach of the team and headmaster of Čičava primary school Pavel Kováč told the TASR newswire. Kováč said that his team features both Roma and non-Roma players but he has never experienced any problems due to the mixed composition of the team.

“The boys help each other a lot, which is clearly seen on the football pitch... They get along very well,” he said.

Slovakia has made a very encouraging step when it adopted its first-ever strategy for human rights and secured millions of euro towards helping the marginalised Roma communities, according to US Embassy Charge d’Affaires Norman Thatcher Scharpf. Conversely, the diplomat cited concerns of ongoing segregation of Roma children at schools and discrimination against Roma in their access to services, including health care.

 

Topic: Roma community


Top stories

Crates and boxes. Slovaks discover new ways of grocery shopping

Farmer’s boxes are gaining customers in Slovakia as people slowly become more conscious about quality and the origin of the food they eat.

Blog: Are flying cars coming to the skies?

At least 19 companies, including a Slovak one, are currently developing flying car planes, but there are still many issues that must be worked out.

AeroMobil

What kind of expectations do some Slovaks have for world leaders?

Among EU member states, opinions of the United States declined in all but two — Poland (which makes some sense) and Slovakia (which does not).

Donald Trump

The biggest antiquarian bookshop from Leopoldov is stored in Trnava Photo

The new year could bring a new cultural centre in antiquarian bookshop.

Archive photo