In a tribute to the People’s Olympics that were due to be held in Barcelona in 1936, today Saturday 3 October, will see the 2nd Lluís Companys’ run and walk, which is open to everyone.
The aim is to regain the spirit of fraternity, good sportsmanship and solidarity those games originally intended while commemorating and reclaiming a sporting event linked to the city and imbued with the values of democracy and solidarity.
The walk is planned to start at 9.30 am and the run half an hour later at 10 am. The route starts opposite INFEC (the National Institute of Physical Education of Catalonia) on Avinguda de l’Estadi, and goes round the Olympic Ring.
The People’s Olympics were the democratic government’s answer to the Berlin Olympic Games of that same year, now 70 years ago, with their marked xenophobic and racist character. They were held under Hitler’s Nazi regime, with the aim of demonstrating the sporting superiority of the Aryan race.
However, the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War cut short these games, which were due to open on 19 July, 1936, the day after Franco’s military uprising.