2020-04-06 SPAIN

Marist Olympics in the Province of Compostela

The XXVIII Marist Olympics of the Province of Compostela was scheduled for March 26-28 in Palencia, Spain, but due to the health crisis caused by the coronavirus, the event has been postponed until next year. In 2021, the Olympics will be held in Palencia and will coincide with the celebration of the centenary of the Marist presence in the city. The Castilla School will host the event.

The last Olympic Games, held in 2019, were held in Carcavelos, Portugal. This is an important provincial event, where an average of 1000 students and Marist collaborators participate.

This tradition began in Portugal in the 1960s. Its principal enthusiastic organizers were Brother Carneiro and Professor Simões, who later introduced the idea to Brazil.

After a break, the Olympics were resumed in 1995, at the Externado Marista in Lisbon. In 1998, in the VI Olympic Games held at Carcavelos, a delegation from Mozambique and another from Greece participated in Portugal, continuing the internationalisation of the event, which had begun the previous year.

In 2005, the year of the XIII Marist Olympics, the Marist apostolates of Portugal were integrated into the new Province of Compostela, and the initiative was adopted by the entire Province, with the participation of the eighteen schools of the Province.


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