Zagreb, September 10th, 2015 - At the Museum-Memorial Center Dražen Petrović in Zagreb, the Croatian Olympic Committee presented, ninth year in a row, the prestigious award Dražen Petrović to the most promising young athletes at the very top of the international competition. The Board for the presentation of the award for 2015 (in cooperation with the National Sports Federations), decided to award the young athletes in the following disciplines: judo, basketball, skiing, diving, shooting and tennis.
The award for the most successful female athlete of younger age category went to the shooter Valentina Gustin, winner of silver at the World Cup in Munich in air rifle and bronze at the European Junior Championships in Arnhem. Moreover, since recently Valentina is the evident Olympic candidate for the Olympic Games Rio 2016.
The award for the most successful male athlete – and there were really many young talented athletes – went to the tennis player Borna Čorić, semi-finalist at the ATP Tournament in Nice, Dubai and Basel, who was declared, in late 2014, the “ATP’s star of tomorrow".
The award for the most successful women's team of younger age category went to the Croatian National Cadet Team in judo (Karla Prodan, Tihea Topolovec, Lara Kliba, Dora Bortas, Matea Brletić, Lucija Babić, Iva Oberan, Lea Gobec), the winners of the team silver medal at the World Cadet Championships in Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and the European Cadet Championships in Sofia (Bulgaria).
The award for the most successful men's team went to the Croatian National Junior Basketball Team, consisting of: Ante Toni Žižić, Roko Badžim, Ivan Majcunić, Marko Arapović, Borna Kapusta, Nik Slavica, Ivica Zubac, Ivan Karačić, Goran Filipović, Luka Božić and Ivan Vraneš, the winners of silver medal at the U19 World Championships in Greece.
The award for the most successful athletes in the competition of sports pairs, relays or crews went to the divers Hrvoje Brezovac and Juraj Melša, the winners of the 4th place at the European Games in Baku in 3 meter synchronized springboard.
Lana Zbašnik, the winner of the first place in giant slalom at the Topolino Trophy, the unofficial World Cadet Championships, has won the title of the Greatest hope of Croatian sports, while the same title among the male athletes was won by the tennis player Duje Ajduković, winner of the first place at the European Championship up to 14 years and holder of the third place in the Tennis Europe U14 rankings.
The decision on winners, selected within the circle of candidates suggested by the National Sports Federations, was brought by the Board, under the leadership of Zvonimir Boban and consisting of the following members: Ivo Goran Munivrana, Sandra Mandir, Marijan Klanac (Croatian Olympic Committee), Vinko Knežević, Nikola Lipovac, Dean Redžić (Croatian Sports Journalists Association), Ana-Marija Bujas Čelan , Ištvan Varga, Natko Zrnčić Dim (Athletes’ Commission), Dubravko Šimenc, Martina Zubčić, Tamara Boroš (Croatian Olympians Club).
The ceremony of presenting the Dražen Petrović award was also the occasion present the young Croatian sailor Hana Dragojević the World Fair Play Award. It is the prize awarded by the President of the International Olympic Committee - "Fair Play Trophy for the Youth - Under the auspices of the IOC President" for 2013, which she – due to the competing commitments - could not personally accept at the ceremony in Kazan in Russia in July 2014.
The President of the World Fair Play Committee Jeno Kamuti, who was in a working visit to the Croatian Fair Play Committee and the Croatian Olympic Committee, presented the award. Hana received this award for her fair play act – at the sailing regatta for cadets of younger age category; she left her leading position to help Marko Smolić escape a very dangerous situation when his sailing boat capsized.