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    Prague Hosts European Yo-Yo Championship


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    And now for a sporting event with a difference. The third European Yo-Yo Championship was held this week in Prague, Czech Republic. Let's look at some of the amazing skills shown by the contestants.

    The world's top yo-yo players were in Prague this week to participate in the third European Yo-Yo Championship. Although most people think of the yo-yo as just a childhood toy, a significant number of enthusiasts actually consider it a sport. Yo-yo clubs, associations and teams match their skills in various competitions on the international level.

    The 2011 European Yo-Yo Championship's organizer hopes interest continues to grow throughout Europe.

    [Jan Kordovsky, Championship Organizer]: (male, Czech).
    "The European Championship is being held for the third time. The first time was 58 years ago. Then last year, after a 57 year gap, we organized the second European Championship. That was also in Prague. We would like the championship to tour throughout Europe. We hope that some of the European associations have the ability to organize a European Championship too. And we would like to make the 2013 World Cup."

    A few years ago, yo-yoing skills in Europe were significantly lagging behind countries like the U.S. and Japan, according to one of the competition judges, Patrick Mitchell, who was the 2009 U.S. yo-yo champion. But today, he believes that Europe is now on par with the rest of the world.

    [Patrick Mitchell, Winner 2009 U.S. National Yo-Yo Content]: (English)
    "I've been yo-yoing for a long time, so I try to travel as much as I can to see different yo-yo competitions and, like I said, in Czech Republic, the yo-yo contests are better than anywhere in the world. They have good people, a good venue and good yo-yo players, so we try to come every year for this."

    NTD News, Prague, Czech Republic.