The Slovenia Times

Long-awaited gymnastics centre opens in Ljubljana


Slovenian gymnasts had been awaiting a specialised centre since 1970, when the most successful Slovenian athlete Miro Cerar ended his career with the world champion title in Ljubljana's Tivoli Arena.

Another promise from sports officials to build a gymnastics centre came in 2005, when Petkovšek won gold on parallel bars and Pegan won gold on horizontal bar at the world championships.

The new facility, located in the Vič borough, will now be symbolically opened on the 10th anniversary of this great achievement for Slovenian gymnastics.

The centre is worth around EUR 12m, with the bulk of the funds being secured by the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport. The project was co-funded by the Ljubljana municipality and the national Sport Foundation.

The centre had been planned to be named Cerar, Pegan, Petkovšek Gymnastics Centre, but the Ljubljana municipality, which owns the building, renamed it the Ljubljana Gymnastics Centre.

The centre features a venue for artistic gymnastics and a venue for rhythmic gymnastics. The latter can also be adjusted for other competitions, for example volleyball or basketball.


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