The Faroese Confederation of Sports turns 80, marks anniversary with celebration event in Tórshavn

The Faroese Confederation of Sports last week marked its 80th anniversary with a celebration event in the capital Tórshavn.

According to Insidethegames.biz, Faroe Islands Prime Minister Aksel V. Johannesen was among the attendees, alongside Culture and Sports Minister Høgni Hoydal and the Mayor of Tórshavn Annika Olsen.

The three officials delivered speeches, as did Faroese Confederation of Sports and Olympic Committee (FCSOC) President Elin Heðinsdóttir Joensen. Former Presidents of FCSOC and leading sports figures also attended.

An exhibition outlining the history of the Faroese Confederation of Sports took place, which included highlighting the establishment of the Faroese Olympic Committee in 1982, writes Insidethegames.biz.

Athletes’ success on the international stage in rowing, swimming, gymnastics and football was also examined, as well as the Faroe Islands’ participation in every Paralympic Games since 1984.

The event comes as The Faroese Confederation of Sports continues to drive the Faroe Islands’ case for Olympic recognition from the IOC.

Jón Hestoy, Vice President of the Faroese Confederation of Sports and Olympic Committee, said, according to aroundtherings.com:

“Senior politicians including the Faroese Prime Minister are here today celebrating the 80th birthday of our Sports Confederation and the huge role sport plays in the Faroe Islands. Our sport’s journey over the last 80 years has been phenomenal and particularly rapid over the past decade. We’ve seen international success, major investment in facilities and huge growth in community sport. We certainly hope that, as our campaign for Olympic recognition continues to gain traction, the future of Faroese sport will be even brighter in the years ahead.”

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Author: Jens Hákun Leo