Banská Bystrica receives flag for European City of Sport

Mayor of Banská Bystrica, Ján Nosko, received the flag for his city as a 2017 European City of Sport in the European Parliament in Brussels.

Banská Bystrica mayor Ján Nosko in  a file photoBanská Bystrica mayor Ján Nosko in a file photo (Source: Sme - Ján Krošlák)

He received it on November 15, Nosko’s spokesperson Zdenka Sekerešová told the TASR newswire.

“I’m happy to receive what can be considered an award for all the people in Banská Bystrica,” Nosko said in his speech. “We’re a city of Olympic and world champions and a city with a desire for movement. I'm convinced that as a 2017 European City of Sport, we’ll be able to increase the proprotion of sport enthusiasts and athletes in all age categories and social groups. I believe that the title is in the right hands. We won't disappoint anyone,” he added.

Several other European cities that met the required conditions were also given the title for 2017. An opening ceremony for the year of sport in Banská Bystrica is planned for January 6, 2017 in the SNP Square.

Top stories

Vast damage after the supercell storm in southern Moravia.

Tornado damaged villages just across the Slovak borders

Czech authorities report three dead and hundreds of injured in southern Moravia region.


1 h
A man waits outside a mobile Covid-19 vaccination centre outside Bolton Town Hall, England, where case numbers of the Delta variant have been relatively high.

How to change people's minds about vaccination? Experts hesitant that money is the answer

The state fears a third wave may hit hard in poorly vaccinated districts. The state should try whatever could work, analyst claims.


16 h
The Weekend of Open Parks and Gardens has became a popular event in Slovakia

Pandemic highlights the importance of parks and gardens

Parks and gardens across Slovakia will open during the Weekend of Open Parks and Gardens


17 h
Marian Kocner and his lawyer at the Supreme Court

The wrong way to put things right

Overturning not-guilty verdicts, especially in cases as emotive as the Kuciak murder trial, is a very bad idea.


20 h