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Croatia, September 10th - With the central celebration held on September 10th in Osijek, the Croatian Olympic Committee celebrated this year’s National Olympic Day (HOD ), dedicated to the establishment in 1991. Athletes and citizens , volunteers and professionals in smaller and larger communities across Croatia , along with the clubs and county sports communities did their best to celebrate the day that opened the way into a worldwide Olympic family .

Croatia, September 10th - With the central celebration held on September 10th in Osijek, the Croatian Olympic Committee celebrated this year’s National Olympic Day (HOD ), dedicated to the establishment in 1991. Athletes and citizens , volunteers and professionals in smaller and larger communities across Croatia , along with the clubs and county sports communities did their best to celebrate the day that opened the way into a worldwide Olympic family .
“The Croatian Olympic Day is intended to encourage , particularly young people, in dealing with some of the sports activities . It is not its own purpose, but an encouragement of fair play relations , friendship , solidarity and other ethical lifestyle and Olympic principles which we must respect in sports”, said the Assistant Secretary for the Sports Programme at the local level of the COC. Mr. Sinisa Krajac, who visited the center celebration at the high school playground in Osijek.
Along with the silver winning Olympian from the Olympic Games in Moscow in 1980, the handball player Kaja Iles, silver winning Olympian David Sain (quadruple sculls, London 2012) and Mirna Rajle Brodanac (rowing, singles), the winner of silver and bronze medals at the European and World championships, more than 1.500 participants of all age groups, showed both with the all-day program - from cycling, ballooning, judo and rowing to futsal, handball, rollerblading and basketball – and with the participation of 31 associations of Osijek how strongly they embrace and love the sports.
In Rijeka the manifestation of the Olympic spirit and versatility was organized by the County community of sports and Rijeka Sports Federation. The 35 sports clubs were joined by the oldest Croatian and Rijeka’s Olympian, once the best water polo goalkeeper in the world, 88 -year-old Mr. Zdravko Ciro Kovacic (winner of two silver Olympic medals – the Olympics in Helsinki in 1952 and the Olympics in Melbourne in 1956), water polo gold winning Olympian in London 2012 Samir Barac and double medal winner in handball Mr. Alvaro Nacinovic (gold at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 and bronze at the Seoul Olympics in 1988).