First Olympics For Seniors Hosted In Brussels Proves That Age Cannot Bind If You're Young At Heart

Age is state of mind.

First Olympics For Seniors Hosted In Brussels Proves That Age Cannot Bind If You're Young At Heart
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How can someone, who is 75 years of age, associate with sports such as javelin throw or relay race? 

But the first Olympics for Seniors, which was organised in Belgian capital Brussels, recently has changed this perception.

The event, which was held on Tuesday this week, saw senior citizens participating in activities ranging from tossing a pancake, throwing a wool ball, a wheelchair relay race of 25 meters and a music quiz. The event, Olympics for Seniors, gave an opportunity to enthuse senior citizens of Brussels aged between 75 and 96. More than 130 residents of private rest homes, nursing homes took part.

Brussels and an organisation working with rest home residents, A Travers les Arts, decided to launch the first edition to encourage outdoor activities for elderly people and to make the Belgian capital more age-friendly.

In line with Olympic founder Baron Pierre de Coubertin's principle, the important thing was not winning, but taking part. 

#1 A participant throwing javelin in the air. 

Olympics for seniors in Brussels

The event, Olympics for Seniors, was held at King Baudouin stadium in Brussels. The rules weren't strict as it just wanted to promote activities among elderly people. Its another aim was to promote more participants in the next event.

Therefore, the games were organised, which suited their ability, likes and aptitude.  

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#2 A participant being pushed by an assistant in a 4x25 metres relay.

Olympics for seniors in Brussels

#3 One of the key messages of the event was: 'Happiness has every age'.

Olympics for seniors in Brussels

#4 In a shot put event, a wool ball replaced the metal ball. After all, it's the spirit that mattered.

Olympics for seniors in Brussels

#5 A participant soaking herself under the sun.

Olympics for seniors in Brussels

#6 A glimpse from shot put event played with a wool ball.

Olympics for seniors in Brussels

#7 A wheelchair-bound participant at the javelin throw event.

Olympics for seniors in Brussels

#8 It was good to see that even the assistant was a senior citizen. 

Olympics for seniors in Brussels

#9 A participant is being helped as she throws the wool ball.

Olympics for seniors in Brussels

#10 Participants lining up at the start line of the 4x25 metres relay.

Olympics for seniors in Brussels

#11 A picture from the Steeplechase event.

Olympics for seniors in Brussels

#12 How energetic is the reaction of a participant after finishing the Steeplechase.

Olympics for seniors in Brussels

Their smiles are priceless.

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