Croatian Olympic Committee Special Acknowledgements

Since 2004, the Croatian Olympic Committee awards the Special Recognition to outstanding individuals in sports, media, culture and other fields, whose works prove true commitment to sports good and to the Olympic spirit. The award was established in 2005 and it was first awarded to Boris Mutić, one of the best of sports journalism.

Sports News - for promotion of sports and Olympic values; Sports News are the only Croatian daily sports newspaper that continuously - for 70 years - records all the relevant events in the field of world and domestic sports.

Winner of Croatian Olympic Committee's special recognition for 2011 for promotion of sport - Vicko Šoljan. Vinko (Vicko) Šoljan was born on July 22, 1934 in Stari Grad on Hvar. BA in Economy by profession, he is now retired and member of the Croatian Olympic Committee’s Assembly and he is particularly responsible for the development of sports on the island of Hvar from athletics, handball, football, swimming, water polo up to open water swimming. His greatest merits are related to the development of open water swimming, not only on the island of Hvar and Dalmatia but throughout Croatia and in the international sports environment.

The winner of the special award of the COC 2010 for outstanding achievements in handball, Velimir Kljajic, a top handball trainer and coach. Winner of Croatian Olympic Committee's special recognition for 2010 Velimir Kljaić (posthumously)