ZAGREB, 10th September 2012. - At the Museum of Drazen Petrovic, founded in the honor of this tragically killed Croatian basketball player, three-time Olympic medalist (after which the award for young top athletes was named), in the presence of numerous notables from sports and political life, the sixth award ceremony of these prestigious COC acknowledgements was held.
Besides the top athletes and Olympians and the hosts, the President and the Secretary General of COC, Mr. Zlatko Matesa and Mr. Josip Cop and Drazen Petrovic’s mother Biserka, the ceremony was attended by the first President of the COC and honorary IOC member Mr. Antun Vrdoljak, all the members of the COC Council, Assistant Minister of Sports Mr. Petar Skansi, President of the Parliamentary Committee for Family, Youth and Sports Ms. Jadranka Kosor, President of the Zagreb City Assembly Mr. Davor Bernardic and other guests.
For outstanding sports results in the Olympic year 2012 and in the competition that requires respect, the most successful female athlete of younger age groups is the taekwondo fighter Mateja Kunovic, who won third place in the category up to 46 kg at the World Junior Championship 2012. The most successful young athlete for 2012 is the pole vaulter, Croatian Olympian Ivan Horvat who, besides the performance at London Olympics, won the second place and silver medal at the World Junior Championship in Barcelona. Ivan Horvat is the first Croatian pole vaulter who performed at the Olympic Games. Concerning the female teams, the award went to the Croatian national junior table tennis team composed of Lea Rakovac, Matea Jeger, Ivana Tubikanec and Ida Jazbec, the winners of bronze medal at the European Junior Championship 2012. The award Drazen Petrovic went also to the gold setup Croatian junior basketball team Marko Proleta. Tomislav Gabric, Karlo Lebo, Jakov Mustapic, Lovro Demo, Dario Saric, Mislav Brzoja, Dominik Mavra, Antonio Crnjevic, Daniel Zovko, Marin Maric and Karlo Zganec, the winners of gold medal at the U18 Championship in Lithuania and Latvia. The COC Selection Committee declared Brigita Matic, the actual European cadet champion in judo, the greatest hope among female athletes. The greatest hope among male athletes was declared the shooter Anto Kristo, who won the second place at the European Junior Championship 2012 in 10 m air pistol shooting. The most successful sports couple (in competition with sports crew and relay race) are acrobatic rock’’ n’’ roll dancers Alen Mikic and Ana Silaj, the winners of gold medal at the World Junior Championship.