Sports is the area that best enables Lithuanian communities abroad to develop and expand, thus strengthening Lithuanian roots and customs.
2017 World Lithuanian Games to be hosted by Kaunas
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This was highlighted when representatives of Kaunas City Municipality met with President of the Lithuanian Athletic Union of North America, Laurynas Misevičius, to discuss preparation for the upcoming 2017 World Lithuanian Games which will be held in Kaunas.

According to Sigitas Šliažas, Deputy Director of Kaunas Municipality Administration, World Lithuanian Games are important for fostering the Lithuanian identity. They enable world Lithuanian communities to maintain close ties. He was pleased that the games will return to Kaunas.

"Coming from Kaunas, I am pleased that the 10th World Lithuanian Games will be held here. I am sure that organisational problems that had occurred in earlier games will be avoided and everything will go smoothly," said Misevičius.

The first World Lithuanian Games were held in Canada in 1978. Lithuania's team participated in the games only after a decade, in 1988, in Adelaide, Australia.

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