The International Olympic Committee’s Trophy (IOC Trophy) 2017, dedicated to the trends of strengthening the inclusion of women in sports "Sport Beyond Borders", was presented to the Sports Association of Vukovar-Srijem County.

For 32 years, the International Olympic Committee has been awarding the IOC Trophy every year, the award based on current trends in strengthening human involvement in sports and its spreading across all the borders.

 

The Sports Association of Vukovar-Srijem County, founded in 1997, is particularly prominent in these trends due to projects of social inclusion of members of various minority communities, nurturing the coexistence and peaceful reintegration since the end of the war in Croatia. This Association is actively involved in all the projects of the Croatian Olympic Committee and the relevant Office for Sports Program on Local Level, from the Croatian Kindergarten Olympic Festival and the project From Sports School to Olympic Games to the Select a Sport and Active Community programs. During its many years of activity, the Association has involved more than a hundred associations and clubs from the County, and more than 15,000,000 children participated in these programs. Disabled people are given a special place and they are included in the recreational exercise program.

Even 80 percent of sports arenas were destroyed during the war and this Association has significantly assisted in reconstructing and building sports infrastructure. Following the catastrophic floods of 2014, the Sports Association of Vukovar-Srijem County organized a program of activities for sports communities entitled "Friends in Action", together with the Croatian Olympic Committee’s Office for Sports Program on Local Level. A response from the International Olympic Family did not lack in the same, so the European Olympic Committees paid $ 50,000 in financial aid and International Olympic Committee’s Olympic solidarity twice as much ($ 100,000). Sports communities and the Croatian Olympic Committee collected money, equipment and sports requisites in worth of 100,000 Kn.

 

By consistently working on the mobilization of members, the Sports Association of Vukovar-Srijem County has made sport to become a place of solidarity, partnership and fair relations in everyday life. Antun Vrdoljak, IOC's Honorary Member and COC's Honorary President, presented the IOC Trophy 2017 "Sport Beyond Borders" to the reprezentative of Sports Association of Vukovar-Srijem County Mario Meštrović.