June 13, 2017 / 5:46 PM / in 3 years

Wheelchair race, pancake toss: Brussels debuts 'Olympics for Seniors'

A participant takes part in the wool ball shot put event during the "Olympics for Seniors" at King Baudouin stadium in Brussels, Belgium June 13, 2017. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - 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 meters.

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 organization 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.

Reporting by Charlotte Steenackers; Editing by Philip Blenkinsop and Alison Williams

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