History of the EHLTF and the European Championships
EHLTF is a federation of European Associations of Heart and Lung Transplant Patients. It was formally established in Helsinki, Finland, on 3 July 1994, when representatives of 15 European Heart or Lung Transplant Associations signed the protocol accepting the Federation’s bylaws.
The participating countries were Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. There are currently 19 member countries. On October 13, 2005, the name was amended to: European Heart and Lung Transplant Federation (EHLTF) (https://www.ehltf.org/ehltf/what-is-ehltf).
Since a modest beginning of the games in 1989 have been held every 2 years hosted by member countries. The most recent games took place in Italy (https://www.lignano2018-ehltc.org/index.php/en/information/ehltc-games/ehltc-2018-location).
The main objective of the games is to illustrate the very positive benefits of organ donation and transplant and to show the general public a return to a full and active life, including the professional activities of transplant recipients.
Games are also used to encourage organ donor awareness and to encourage post-transplant rehabilitation of the recipient through sport and physical activity. This is why the games are called: