Zagreb, January 27, 2018 - Under the slogan "Museums and Sport", this year's edition of the event Night of Museums began symbolically at the sports hall of the Zagreb Gymnastics Club (ZTD) Hrvatski sokol (Croatian hawk).
Even more symbolic was the appearance of the World Gymnastics Champion Tin Srbić in the sports hall where he was "laying foundations" for the greatest success of the Croatian gymnastics. The exhibition on the activity of the association Hrvatski sokol was held at the ZTD, which is actually a branch office of the Croatian Sports Museum, since recently headed by the agile Director Danira Bilić, who has presented – through a very inspirational speech - the richness of the sport's museum legacy. The opening of the Night of Museums was attended, among numerous officials and representatives from sports, culture and other social activities, led by Zvonko Kusić, Head of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts (HAZU) and the Croatian Olympic Committee representatives - President Zlatko Mateša and Vice-President Morana Paliković Gruden.
Many other museums also gave "sports spirit" to this year's event, so the Croatian History Museum put the focus on the boxing match of legendary Mate Parlov and the Argentine Miguel Angelo Cuello that took place some forty years ago. Throughout the night, everybody could watch the said famous match on the video wall, while the museum walls featured newspaper articles from that time ...
The Night of Museums has clearly shown the importance of sports in the Croatian society to more than one hundred visitors through around one hundred museums and galleries throughout our Beautiful homeland. (coc/vk)

Zagreb, January 25, 2018 - Ahead of the forthcoming Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea prepared a reception and dinner for Croatian Olympians and members of the Croatian Olympic Committee’s Olympic Mission in their homeland.
His Excellency Won-sup Park, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea in the Republic of Croatia, was an excellent host, while the Croatian delegation was led by President of the Croatian Olympic Committee Zlatko Mateša. The ceremony at the Korean Embassy was also attended by Olympians, members of the Croatian bobsleigh Dražen Silić, Benedikt Nikpalj, Mate Mezulić and Ivan Šola, and – for us the greatest sensation of Olympic qualifications – the luger Daria Obratov.
In a pleasant conversation, along with traditional Korean specialties, the Ambassador Won-sup-Park has shown respectable knowledge of Croatian sports, but also about the Croatian coast, economic potentials, wines... The President Mateša informed H.E. with the history of the state relations of the Republic of Croatia and the Republic of Korea, with a tradition of 25 years, and invited Korean companies with representatives in the Republic of Croatia to sponsor Croatian sport.
The Olympians were also delighted with the reception and hospitality of the host, as well as with the entire staff of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea. Luger Daria Obratov could not find enough words to express her enthusiasm, while the bobsleigh crew stated that adapting to the Korean "kitchen" would not be a problem.
His Excellency Won-sup Park wished Croatian athletes a successful performance at the Winter Olympics in his homeland. (coc/vk)

Lausanne, January 20th, 2018 - Following the invitation of the International Olympic Committee, the fourth meeting between the NOC delegation of the Republic of Korea, led by the President Lee Kee-heung and Minister of Culture, sports and tourism, Do Jong-hwan and NOC delegation of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (the so-called North Korea), led by the NOC’s President and Minister of Sport Kim ll Guk, was held at the IOC’s headquarters in Lausanne, in the Olympic spirit of respect and friendship.
In the company of the host, the IOC’s President Thomas Bach, the first person responsible for the organization of the Winter Olympics Pyeongchang 2018 (POCOG), Lee Heebee, also attended the meeting that resulted in the Olympic Korean Peninsula Declaration. This great victory of Olympism implies the participation of the North Korea’s NOC delegation and joint activities with the host of Winter Olympics 2018, the NOC of the Republic of Korea.
In the decision on the participation of North Korean NOC’s athletes at the Winter Olympics 2018 - the International Olympic Committee has approved accreditations for 22 athletes, 24 officials and 21 media representatives. The International Olympic Committee has accepted the proposal on participation of two sports delegations at the opening ceremony under the joint name "Korea". The delegation will enter the Olympic Stadium with the Korean unification flag (with the emblem of the island), carried by two athletes, one from each NOO.
The International Olympic Committee has also decided to allow two National Olympic Committees to form - for the first time in their Olympic history - a joint representation in a sport. The joint female ice hockey team will be formed by adding 12 players and one North Korean coach to the existing 23-player Olympic team of the host. With regard to fair play, only 22 players will participate in the game, as is the case with all the Olympic teams. The main coach, responsible for selecting of athletes, will be from South Korea. He will include at least three hockey players from North Korea's NOC in every match. The united women's ice hockey team will present itself under the Korean unification flag and perform as Korea (COR) and the hymn will be the song "Arirang". In all other sports, the athletes will compete for their NOCs in their own jerseys.
The International Olympic Committee has awarded a dozen additional quotas to the North Korean athletes in figure and speed skating, cross-country and alpine skiing.
The athletes and delegation from North Korea will arrive at the Olympic Village no later than February 1st, 2018 and they will, like all the athletes participating at the Olympics, undergo the anti-doping testing. (ioc/coc/vk)