Drazen Petrovic Award
The Drazen Petrovic Award is awarded to talented young athletes and teams (both men''s and women''s) for outstanding sporting results and sports development. Named after Drazen Petrovic, one of the world’s best basketball players and three-time Olympic medallists (1984 Los Angeles, 1988 Seoul and 1992 Barcelona), who was killed in a traffic accident, was founded by the decision of the Croatian Olympic Committee Council on 9 September 2006. It was first awarded on the occasion of the COC foundation anniversary in September 2007. The award consists of a diploma with an effigy of Drazen Petrovic, a money award and a gift. A Selection Committee made up by representatives of the COC Council, Croatian Sports Journalists Association and Croatian Olympians Club decides on the Award recipients.
The recipients of the first Drazen Petrovic Award, which was presented by Drazen Petrovic’s mother Biserka, were Danijela Grgic, the 2007 Junior Women’s World 400m Champion, Filip Grgic, the 2007 Junior Men’s World Taekwondo Champion, the Croatian Junior Women’s Wolleyball Team – the 2006 European silver medallists: Ana Grbac, Danijela Andjelic, Ivana Kalebic, Paola Dosen, Jelena Alajbeg, Danica Uljevic, Ines Medved, Simona Usic, Tara Vekic, Marina Ljubicic, Magda Petkovic and Matea Ikic, and the Junior Men''s Handball Team – the 2007 World silver medallists: Ivan Pesic, Ante Granic, Mario Gagulic, Stipe Borovac, Domagoj Duvnjak, Manuel Strlek, Marko Tarabochia, Igor Karacic, Marko Matic, Ivan Sever, Josip Crnic, Goran Bogunovic, Hrvoje Tojcic, Josip Ilic, Ivan Skegro, Dinko Vuleta and Luka Rakovic.
The members of the 2007 Selection Committee were: Zvonimir Boban, Chairman, and members: Goranko Fizulic, Zvjezdana Tuma Pavlov and Dragutin Kamenski (COC), Iva Perdec- Augustincic, Romana Caput-Jogunica and Vinko Knezevic (CSJA), and Olympians Aleksandar Petrovic, Kaja Iles and Vlado Lisjak, members of the Croatian Olympians Club.