ZAGREB, 26 June 2008 – Only 43 days before the beginning of the greatest multi-sport event in the world, and one month before the end of the qualification cycle, according to the current data, as many as 88 Croatian athletes from athletics, boxing, canoeing, cycling, gymnastics, handball, rowing, sailing, shooting, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis and water polo will participate in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing from 8 to 24 August.
The athletes, who might still attain the Olympic standard in the last month, are kayaker Dinko Mulic and the Croatian national basketball team at the qualification tournament in Athens from 14 to 20 July. Swimmers are the most numerous among individual sports athletes; 12 of them have attained the Olympic standards - Duje Draganja, Sanja Jovanovic, Marko Strahija, Mario Todorovic, Gordan Kozulj and Alexei Puninski have attained the A standard, and the rest have attained the B standard. The sailing team will also be quite large – ten athletes will compete in seven crews. Besides the handball and water polo players, 12 basketball players might also increase the number of Olympians. This will be the fifth time that Croatia will participate in the Summer Olympic Games as an independent country.