The Croatian Olympic Committee introduced annual awards for the most successful Croatian athletes and teams, most promising athletes and most successful promoters of Croatia in the world at the third anniversary celebration of the COC’s admission to the international Olympic family held in the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb on 17 January 1995.


In that same year, that date was declared the Great Day of Croatian Sport. In 1999, the COC introduced the Most Successful Disabled Athlete Award, and in 2001, the Most Successful Coach Award, presented to the most successful among those who coach Croatian athletes.


The criteria for all the categories are top rankings at the Olympic Games, world and European championships and cups, high results achieved by athletes in younger age groups, and the contribution of athletes and other team members to the reputation of Croatia and Croatian sport in the world.