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Wheelchair race, pancake toss: Brussels debuts ‘Olympics for Seniors’

A participant is pushed by an assistant as they take part in the 4x25 metres relay

Brussels hosted its first Olympics for Seniors on Tuesday, giving the chance for locals aged between 75 and 96 the chance to compete in a range of adapted sports at the national stadium.

More than 130 residents of private rest homes took part in activities ranging from throwing a wool ball, tossing a pancake, a music quiz and a wheelchair relay of four times 25 metres.

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

Brussels and A Travers les Arts, an organisation working with rest home residents, decided to launch the first edition to promote outdoor activities for elderly people in care and as part of a push to make the Belgian capital more age-friendly.

‘Happiness has every age’ was one of the key messages of the event.

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