TELESNÁ VÝCHOVA A ŠPORT V OBDOBÍ 1. SLOVENSKEJ REPUBLIKY
Physical education and sport in the period of the first Slovak Republic
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In contrast to the apparently apolitical sport, the physical education organizations in the democratic system of the First Czechoslovak Republic were connected with the individual political parties. When a totalitarian system began to form in Slovakia, they were a welcome means for settling accounts with political opponents. This happened soon after the declaration of the autonomy of Slovakia on 6th October 1938. The declaration of autonomy had a positive influence on sport at first. National sports unions were formed, and from 7 March 1939, they were placed under the Slovak Central Sports Council (Slovenská ústredná športová rada). Sport maintained its independence outside the framework of the Hlinka Guard even after Act no.166 on the Hlinka Guard was adopted. The act entrusted the guard with organizing physical education and sport as the only national physical education and defence organization.
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