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ZAGREB,5. June 2008 - The Croatian Olympic Committee and Croatian Sports Journalists Association presented three unique projects on culture and education in sport, managed by the Croatian...

ZAGREB,5. June 2008 - The Croatian Olympic Committee and Croatian Sports Journalists Association presented three unique projects on culture and education in sport, managed by the Croatian Olympic Committee (COC) and supported by the IOC and IOC Olympic Solidarity. Numerous prominent sporting and public figures from Croatia, as well as representatives of the media and sports fans, attended the event.

"These are seemingly unnoticeable projects, which are, however, of great significance for the sports in Croatia in general, because they address the youngest ones. Many people do not know that the Croatian Olympic Committee (COC) organizes the Pre-School Olympic Festival, at which as many as 14,000 children from all over Croatia participate", said Zlatko Matesa, COC President. The organization of Pre-School Olympic Festival in 2007 was supported by the European Olympic Committees through the Olympic Solidarity's Continental programme - Special activities. The importance of promoting sports culture among the youngest was also emphasized by Jura Ozmec, President of the Croatian Sports Journalists Association and Chairman of the COC Commission for Information and Publishing, himself a former athlete, as well as by eminent TV journalist Milka Babovic and Goran Ogurlic, Editor in Chief of the Vecernji List daily newspaper.

Vito Spasovic, athlete and publicist, wrote a series of books titled Kid Athletes about Olympic sports, aimed at motivating children, including them in sports and selecting the right sport. As the contents are illustrated with drawings and photographic materials from sports facilities, the books are a unique blend of sports through words and pictures. Kid Athletes has been included in the 2008 IOC Olympic Solidarity programme in the field of Culture and education. The project was also supported by the Croatian Ministry of Culture. The book will be sold with Vecernji List at newsstands from 6 June 2008 on. The reviewer of the book is Zdenko Jajcevic, Director of the Croatian Sports Museum, and its promoters are Milka Babovic, a prominent TV journalist and Duje Draganja, Olympic swimmer, world record holder. More details about the project can be found on the website www.kidathletes.net.

The second project is the "Športići" interactive CD by Radica Jurkin, the 2005 Franjo Bucar Annual Croatian Sports Award winner. (The name "Športići" is a registered name of a picture book, which the author uses as a synonym for little athletes). It is a blend of education and game on the topic of the Olympic Movement and its significance, using state of the art computer technology. The contents of the interactive CD include quiz questions with a points and awards system. Memory games, jigsaw puzzles and texts are based on the previous Športići picture book by the same author, illustrated by Maja Šurjak. The Športići interactive CD has been included in the 2008 IOC Olympic Solidarity support program in the field of Culture and education. The song titled The Olympic Path is the Croatian representative at the 2008 IOC Sport and Singing Contest. The IOC jury included it in the 8 best among 26 countries.

The contest in Croatia was conducted by the Croatian Olympic Committee in conjunction with the Croatian Ministry of Science, Education and Sport, according to the IOC rules. The song is performed by the Kikići school choir from Zagreb and soloists Ivana Kindl and Branka Delić, who also wrote the lyrics. Music and arrangement were written by Silvestar Dragoje.