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The President of the Republic took part in the ceremony of signing a cooperation agreement fostering physical activities as a hobby in Põlva County

President Arnold Rüütel today at Mesikäpa Sports Hall in Põlva attended the ceremony of signing a Protocol of Good Intentions, which attaches high value to physical activities in Põlva County.

In his greeting address, President Rüütel highlighted the exceptional social meaning of the agreement, which fosters recreational sports and physical activities in Põlva County. "Supporting village, rural municipality, county, kindergarten, school, family, youth and elderly people sports activities we enhance the quality of life, prevent crime and drug addiction, substantially improve weakening public health. This is why the agreement signed here today means much more than supporting sports," the Head of State said.

President Rüütel noted that the signed agreement is an excellent example of cooperation, where the national government, the local government, the third sector and business together will take responsibility - within the scope of their possibilities - to promote healthy and sporty life style in Põlva County.

According to the President of the Republic it is commendable and exemplary that an agreement on sports is signed in a sports hall and that the signing will be followed by actual fulfilment of the agreement.

Following the signing of the agreement, President Rüütel, together with the parties of the agreement took part in 2.7-kilometer long stick-walking event at Põlva Intsikurmu. A teachers' volleyball tournament was held in Mesikäpa Sports Hall.

The Estonian Olympic Committee, Põlva County Government, Põlva County Union of Local Authorities, the Sports Union of the Põlva County, Põlva Business Club, the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Environment signed the precedent-setting cooperation agreement, which was named a Protocol of Good Intentions.

Public Relations Unit of the Office of the President
Kadriorg, January 07, 2005

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