Slunj, August 6. 2019 - At the solemn session of the City Council of Slunj, on the occasion of the Day of the City of Slunj on August 6, 2019, deserving individuals and associations – including the Croatian Olympic Committee’s Office for Local Sports Programs - have traditionally been awarded public annual recognitions. In the hall of the Pučko otvoreno (Open University) Slunj, the acknowledgement – presented by the Slunj Mayor Jure Katić and President of the City Council of Slunj Ivan Bogović - was received by Croatian Olympic Committee’s Assistant Secretary-General for Sports Programs on the Local Level Siniša Krajač.

Zagreb, August 6, 2019 - 27 years ago, at the Barcelona Olympics, the first Olympic medal was won for independent Croatia. The creator of this venture was tennis player Goran Ivanišević who, after a bronze in Singles, brought Croatia soon another bronze in Doubles with Goran Prpić. Until the quarterfinals in which he ensured bronze, Ivanišević celebrated in four matches a five-set victory over Portuguese Bernard Moto, Dutch Paul Haarhuis, Swiss Jakobo Hlasek and then in a four-hour marathon with a Frenchman Fabrice Santoro.

Split, July 31, 2019 - Ivo Lipanović, the oldest Croatian Olympian and the last Croatian athlete who participated at the 1948 Olympics, passed away at the age of 91 on Tuesday (July 30th) in Split. Ivo Lipanović was born in Orebić at the Pelješac peninsula on August 18, 1928. He was a participant of the first Olympic Games held after the World War II, in London in 1948. For the HVK monograph (Croatian rowing club) Gusar, by the author Herca Ganza Čaljukušić, Lipanović spoke about his beginnings in Gusar.