Zagreb, April 9, 2018 – Last weekend, the 5th International Day of Sport for Development and Peace - organized by Croatian Olympic Academy, Croatian Olympic Committee and Croatian United Nations Association - was marked in Croatia.
As part of this event, two tournaments were held at the Zagreb Fair - in mini football and basketball "three on three", with 16 participating teams. At the suggestion of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the United Nations, in August 2013, the UN General Assembly declared April 6th the International Day of Sport for Peace and Development, and on that very day, in 1896, the first modern Olympic Games were opened in Athens.
The sports part of this anniversary was opened at the Zagreb Fair by a non-competition mini-football match between the Croatian Olympians Club and journalists/employees of Croatian Radio Television and ended with the convincing victory of the Damir Škaro’s team (4-1).
In addition to the "Olympians" and the HRT employees, the Junior Youth Forum, the Futsal FPZG, the Croatian Red Cross (asylum seekers), the Jesuit Refugee Service (asylum-seekers, refugees, employees), Reformers and the UN Academy participated in the mini-football match. Concerning the basketball match, the following teams tested their strengths and skills: Bez presedana – Croatian Olympians Club, Croatian Academic Sports Federation, Croatian United Nations Association, Student Union of the Zagreb University and students of the University College of International Relations and Diplomacy Dag Hammarskjöld.
The sports events were preceded by a humanitarian drive. In cooperation with the Jesuit Refugee Service and the Croatian Red Cross, the collection of hygienic supplies and foods for asylum seekers and refugees was organized, whereby the contestants themselves participated in the very collection.
In the mini-football tournament, the best team was the UN Academy team, while the winning cup in basketball "three on three" was presented to the Student Union of the University of Zagreb.