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Zátopek's evening to celebrate the European Week of Sport with the company Bata Nigeria

On Friday, September 30, the closing ceremony of the European Week of Sport was held in Abuja. The European Week of Sport was organized by the Czech Embassy in Abuja as part of the activities of CZ PRESidency of the EU. During the entire week, ten Abuja schools held 200-meter running races, the so-called "Zátopkovy Behy". This year, the European Week of Sport fell in the same period in which we also commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the birth of the most famous Czech runner, Emil Zátopek.

The winners of the races, together with their parents, school principals and physical education teachers, were invited at the Czech Presidency Gala Evening, where they received prizes and diplomas for their performances, they could see an exhibition about the life of the "Czech locomotive" and then, together with members of the diplomatic corps, watch the Nigerian premiere ot the movie Zátopek. Prizes and diplomas were handed out by the Czech ambassador Zdenek Krejčí, the EU ambassador to Nigeria, Samuel Isopi, and the representative of the main sponsor of the evening, the company Bata Nigeria, which gave each of the runners a voucher for sports shoes. Students will thus be able to experience the same feeling that Zátopek, an employee of the Baťa company, who also ran in famous bata shoes, used to have. The evening ended with a cocktail, where, of course, Czech specialties were also served.

The Embassy intends to cooperate with the company Bata Nigeria also in the future. Every year, the company awards the prestigious "Bata's Ambassador" award to the best students in partner schools across Nigeria and has applied for patronage our Embassy. During the evening, the representative of the company presented the Czech roots of the company, the founder Tomáš Baťa and his values, the current position of the company in the footwear world and the products it offers at the Nigerian market.