Zagreb, September 15, 2007 – At the ceremony held in the hotel Sheraton on Saturday, September 15, Croatian Olympic Committee presented the award "Dražen Petrović" to the most promising Croatian athletes and teams of younger age categories.
The President of the Croatian Olympic Committee Zlatko Mateša and first and Honorary President of the Croatian Olympic Committee, Antun Vrdoljak, addressed the public with a touchy speech. Dražen Petrović's mother Biserka presented the award as follows: the award for the most promising female athlete went to Danijela Grgić (athletics, World Junior Champion in 2006) and the award for the most promising athlete went to Filip Grgić (taekwondo, World Junior Champion in 2007), and besides the award, they also received a laptop computer, which was a gift by HGspot.
In women's team competition, the award went to the National Junior Volleyball Team, winners of silver medal at the European Championships in 2006, in a team consisting of: Ana Grbac, Danijela Anđelić, Ivana Kalebić, Paola Došen, Jelena Alajbeg, Danica Uljević, Ines Medved, Simona Ušić, Tara Vekić, Marina Ljubičić, Magda Petković and Matea Ikić). In men's team competition, the award went to the National Junior Handball Team, winners of silver medal at the World Championships, in a team consisting of: Ivan Pešić, Ante Granić, Mario Gagulić, Stipe Borovac, Domagoj Duvnjak, Manuel Štrlek, Marko Tarabochia, Igor Karačić, Marko Matić, Ivan Sever, Josip Crnić, Goran Bogunović, Hrvoje Tojčić, Josip Ilić, Ivan Škegro, Dinko Vuleta and Luka Raković). Besides the award, team members were also awarded with cell phones with annual subscription, which was a gift by T-Mobile.
The award „Dražen Petrović" was established by a decision brought at the 25th Session of the Croatian Olympic Committee's Council, held on September 9, 2006, and it was first presented in 2007. The award consists of written charter with Dražen Petrović's image, award in cash and a gift – the selection of athletes who will receive the award was made by the Board for presentation of the award, based on the Ordinance on Selection and Presentation of the Award to the most promising male and female athlete and teams of younger age categories.
The Board for presentation of the award "Dražen Petrović" for 2007 consisted of: Zvonimir Boban, President, and members: Goranko Fižulić, Zvjezdana Tuma Pavlov and Dragutin Kamenski, representatives of the Croatian Olympic Committee's Council, Iva Perdec - Augustinčić, Romana Caput -Jogunica and Vinko Knežević, representatives of the Croatian Sports Journalists Association and Olympians, Aleksandar Petrović, Kaja Ileš and Vlado Lisjak, members of the Croatian Olympians Club.