The President and Secretary General of the Croatian Olympic Committee (HOO), Zlatko Mateša and Josip Čop, congratulated Janica Kostelić, appointed by the Croatian Government at today's meeting the first Secretary of State for Sports:

"On behalf of the Croatian Olympic family and our own, we sincerely congratulate you on your appointment as Secretary of State for Sports. It is a great honor and responsibility as well as challenge to be the first person in the Republic of Croatia to hold this position. Well, you have once again proven that you are determined, committed and brave and not afraid of any challenge just like you were during your sports career. We wish you much success in carrying out the tasks that await you in the newly founded Central State Office for Sports. The Croatian Olympic Committee will always act as your support and a reliable partner", says the congratulatory of the Croatian Olympic Committee’s heads.

ZAGREB, November 10th, 2016 (Hina) - The Croatian Government appointed on Thursday - in a closed session – the best skier of all times Janica Kostelić the first Secretary of State of the Central State Office for Sports and, due to appointment to the new position, dismissed her from the position of the Assistant Minister of Science, Education and Sports.

For the first time in independent Croatia, sports has been given a special place in the state administration owing to the establishment of an independent Central State Office, while the honor of being the first Croatian Secretary of State for Sports has been awarded to four times Olympic winner and the most successful alpine skier in the history of the Winter Olympics, Janica Kostelić.

Even the announcement of the establishment of an independent Office of Sports at the Croatian Government has been welcomed by all the major sports associations - the federations, clubs, athletes and sports officials, all those who were trying for years to get a separate ministry or Office for sports.

Central State Office for Sports is established to maintain the quality and development of the Croatian sport, as well as improving the conditions for practicing sports and sports activities.

The main task of the Office will be making a long-term strategy for the development of sports, investing in a larger number of small sports facilities, promotion of sports for health, redefining the position of professional and amateur sports clubs, ensuring adequate technical and financial conditions for top athletes as well as the implementation of measures for preventing violence at sports grounds.

By amending the legislation, the Government will, as announced, strengthen the financial responsibility of sports clubs and federations, and more effectively regulate the control over them.

Janica Kostelić biography

Janica was born on January 5th 1982 in Zagreb, and she spent her entire career as member of the Ski Club Zagreb.

At her second Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City in 2002, she has won gold medals in Slalom, Giant Slalom and Combined, to which she also added a silver one won in Super-G.

By competing at the Winter Olympics in Turin in 2006, she added another gold from Combined and silver from Super-G to her already impressive collection of Olympic medals.
Janica was five times World Champion in different skiing disciplines and only the third skier in the history to win the World Cup races in all five skiing disciplines, as well as the second female skier to win all five disciplines in one season. Three times she won the title as Overall Winner of the World Cup (2001, 2003, 2006), and she has seven small crystal globes, three from Slalom and four from Combined. Janica Kostelić was selected eight times the Best Croatian Female Athlete of the Year, and to the position of Secretary of State she comes from the position of Assistant Minister of Sports Predrag Šustar.