Virgilijus Alekna

Mr. Virgilijus Alekna, UNESCO Champion for Sport

Virgilijus Alekna, a former Lithuanian discus thrower, was appointed UNESCO Champion for Sport in November 2007, in recognition of his role in promoting sport at school.

His long career has been crowned by the highest titles: Olympic Champion in 2000, World Champion in 2003, Olympic Champion in 2004, World Champion in 2005 and European Champion in 2006.

Through the Virgilijus Alekna Club, he has been an active promoter of sport and physical education among young people. He also contributed to the Lithuanian Olympic Education Program, a program supported by UNESCO.

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