The 150th anniversary of birth of Franjo Bučar, the founder and the strongest promoter of Olympism in Croatia, has been celebrated with an exhibition held on November 25 at the Croatian Sports Museum in Zagreb.
The exhibition, organized by the Croatian Olympic Academy (HOA) and the Croatian Sports Museum in cooperation with the Croatian Olympic Committee (COC) and the Croatian Society of Olympic Philately and Memorabilia (HDOFM), has shown a rich archive, museum and library materials of Bučar’s legacy, presented by the museum director Đurđica Bojanić, announcing as well the official opening of the permanent exhibition at the address Praška street no. 2.
Franjo Bučar, a proven promoter of new sports of that time, was the first member of the International Olympic Committee from Croatia (1919 - 1946), giving his best to make possible for the Croatian athlete to get his/her international performance under his/her own flag. He founded in Zagreb the first Higher School for Teachers of Physical Education, Croatian Sports Federation (1909), the Yugoslav Olympic Committee (1919); the Society of Teachers of Gymnastics of Croatia and Slavonia of that time, and other professional associations and clubs. The proven promoter of new sports of that time, Franjo Bučar left us in his legacy more than twenty-copyright books in the field of sports, as well as many articles in monographs, encyclopedias, newspapers and magazines, and in some of them he was the editor as well.
He died in Zagreb on December 26, 1946, and the highest Croatian national award for outstanding achievement in the development of sport, awarded by the Republic of Croatia since its independence in 1991, was named after him. In memory of the birthday of this Croatian great of the international Olympism, Secretary General of the Croatian Olympic Committee Josip Čop and Department for Promotion of Olympism at the Croatian Olympic Academy and former top basketball player, the Olympian Danira Nakić Bilić, laid flowers on his grave at the Mirogoj cemetery in Zagreb.