A three-time champion of the World Cup classification Edyta Ropek , the climber sponsored by TOP30, Entre-Prises & Five Ten has been invited by the Minister of Culture for the Kingdom of Bahrain to promote sport climbing in the country’s capital city of Manama. The event was a part of the program ‘Season of Sports’ held due to the city’s earning a title ‘2013 Manama Capital of Arab Tourism’.
During a three-day event on specially created for that occasion climbing wall on Aali Boulevard everyone had an opportunity to meet the Polish champion of climbing who was encouraging Manama’s inhabitants to have a go at climbing - a sport that they are totally unfamiliar with.
Speed Climbing is one of a new breed of sports that event organiser Sportique88’s MD Martin Whitaker believes have a place in the future of Bahrain’s sporting landscape. "Throughout the Season of Sport we have aimed to bring new recognition and awareness to sports that donot necessarily receive the high-profile of others but, nevertheless, play an important role in the richtapestry of competitive sport in this country,” Whitaker said.
“In recent months Kite Boarding, Kayaking, Paddle Boarding, Wake Boarding, Beach Soccer, Triathlon andnow Speed Climbing are all getting new levels of exposure.
Edyta Ropek, who is currently undergoing her rehabilitation after the ACL reconstruction is delighted with the journey and the possibility to present her sport discipline to the people of Bahrain.
A twice champion of Europe says: ‘It’s a great opportunity to promote climbing in Arabic countries. Last year I took part in a promotion event in Iran but I must admit Bahrain is more liberal especially in terms of women in sports. If only climbing is approved and evokes interest, it will find its stable place on the island’ – explains Edyta Ropek adding – ‘My visit to Bahrain was not only about leading sport workshops but also a chance to relax after a difficult time of rehabilitation and an opportunity to get to know new culture, visiting interesting places, some monuments in Manama, which is an extremely modern center, or driving a car on the famous Formula 1 circuit in Bahrain.’
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