Zagreb, June 18, 2019 - As part of the seeing off the Croatian female and male athletes to the 2nd European Games in Minsk (June 21 to 30, 2019) the Croatian Olympic Committee (HOO) and the long-time partner of the International Olympic Committee, Toyota, presented the "Start Your Impossible" campaign at the Zagreb hotel Westin. The prominent Japanese company is once again a partner of Croatian Olympians in the mobility segment and will also be at the service to the Croatian Paralympians, welcomed by President of the Croatian Paralympic Committee Ratko Kovačić.


Famous Olympians – winner of gold medal in Trap at the Rio Olympics 2016 Josip Glasnović, silver medalist in Single Sculls Damir Martin, bronze medalist, shooter from Beijing 2008 Snježana Pejčić and triple swimming Paralympian Kristijan Vincetić – revealed in the promotional conversation interesting details from their careers as well as ambitions for the future. CNOC President Zlatko Mateša expressed satisfaction with the partnership with Toyota, highlighting a direct link with the host of the upcoming Olympics in Tokyo next year. The excellent link was the Japanese Ambassador to the Republic of Croatia, Misako Kaji, who reminded in the occasional speech of how extremely popular our athletes are in Japan. The CEO of Toyota Adria Group Kensuke Tsuchiya noted that the Olympic values are also the values Toyota is committed to in developing future technologies. He added that he is a huge fan of the Croatian athletes, that he is looking forward to their successes, as well as the fact that they will be along with Toyota "on the way" to Tokyo. 


However, in order to participate at the Tokyo Olympics Tokyo 2020, the Croatian athletes should also reach the Olympic standard. Possibility for the aforementioned is provided already at the upcoming European Games in Minsk (June 21 to  30). 


Among 4,000 participants from 50 countries, Croatia will be represented by 45 male and female athletes in 12 sports disciplines. Competitions in nine sports - Athletics, Badminton, Cycling, Boxing, Judo, Karate, Table Tennis, Archery and Shooting – are also representing the qualifications for the Tokyo Olympics and the European Games 2019 will also have the status of the European Championships in Badminton, Boxing and Judo.


 At the first European Olympics in Baku, Croatia won 11 medals with junior representatives - one gold, four silver and six bronze and now - with very strong senior representatives in Shooting, Boxing, Judo and Karate.

Croatia will strive to achieve a larger "harvest" of medals. At the seeing off to Minsk, such optimism was expressed by our shooting starts as well - Snježana Pejčić, Giovanni Cernogoraz and Anton Glasnović. (CNOC/VK)