MALAGA has officially taken over from Budapest as European Capital of Sport during an event held at the European Parliament in Brussels.
The city’s Councillor for Sport. Noelia Losada attended the event which was organised by ACES Europe (European Capitals and Cities of Sport Federation).
She received a commemorative flag and silver plaque and addressed the attendees to thank them for the confidence placed in the city.
During her speech, Losada said: “It is an honour to place the name of Malaga next to that of our predecessors, all wonderful cities. We are going to take advantage of this golden opportunity to continue increasing people’s participation in sport.”
She added: “In 2003, 13 per cent of the people of Malaga did sport. Today it is about 50 per cent. We want that to be two out of three at the end of this magical year that is now starting.”
Losada has stressed that the city will have a programme of events and competitions for all profiles. Already planned are water sports, indoor sports, outdoor sports, racket sports, individual sports, team sports, wheel sports, children’s sports, professional sports, adapted sports, women’s sports… “Nothing is going to be missing in this exciting year, which is also an Olympic year. Malaga is going to breathe sport,” she added.
Inviting everyone to visit the city to practice sports she said: “We are a great outdoor gymnasium that enjoys warm winters and many hours of light a year. In fact I extend this invitation to clubs and athletes to take advantage of the winter breaks to come and train in our city.”