Some 130 people enrolled from 13 Brussels nursing homes will take part today (Tuesday), from 2.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m., in the first Olympiad for senior citizens. It is taking place in the Brussels King Baudouin Stadium.
This is an initiative by the Brussels Deputy Mayor Alain Courtois, who has responsibility for the interests of senior citizens. The event is being organised in direct collaboration with the Senior Citizens service of Brussels City Council and the third sector organisation Through the Arts. The latter organisation is taking part in artistic performances in retirement homes.
The objective is both the creation and strengthening of links between pensioners. This Olympiad has targeted residents from the 19 private retirement homes in the Brussels area.
Those taking part in a wheelchair, or with the aid of a walker, are free to be involved in the 4 x 25 metres, which is specifically reserved for them. Other sports events are scheduled. These include an obstacle course, darts and weights, as well as pétanque. Also on offer during the event are general culture and musical team quizzes, skill games, a lottery competition, a crêpe-throwing competition and snacks. At the end of the event, keepsake certificates and medals will be awarded to participants and winners.
The Brussels Times