About the Croatian Olympic Committee


The Croatian Olympic Committee (HOO) is the highest sports association in Croatia, founded on September 10, 1991 in Zagreb. Its mission is to permanently contribute to the promotion of sport as universal civilization heritage; spreading of Olympic principles, as well as ethical and moral standards in sport; creating the top sports achievements of the Croatian athletes; promotion of the Republic of Croatia as a democratic state; fair relationships among the participants in sport. The Croatian Olympic Committee has the task to protect the symbols of the Olympic Movement. It represents the Croatian sport before the International Olympic Committee and other international sports organizations.


The IOC granted the Croatian Olympic Committee outright recognition at its 101st Session, held in Monaco on 24 September 1993. Since 1995, the Croatian Olympic Committee has been marking 17 January, the date of the provisional recognition by the IOC, as the Great Day of Croatian Sport.  The first President of the Croatian Olympic Committee was Antun Vrdoljak (1991 – 2000), who was appointed to the IOC at its 104th Assembly in Budapest in 1995.




The Croatian Olympic Committee, the highest sports body in Croatia, was founded in Zagreb on 10 September 1991. The Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee led by its then President Juan Antonio Samaranch granted the Croatian Olympic Committee provisional recognition on 17 January 1992, thus including it in the Olympic family and making it possible for Croatian athletes to participate under the Croatian flag in the Olympic Winter Games in Albertville and in the Games of the Olympiad in Barcelona that very same year.