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Zagreb, October 23, 2018 - The overall Croatian women's sports should be provided with better conditions – states a brief conclusion of the members of Croatian Olympic Committee’s Council at its 20th session, held in Zagreb under the chairmanship of the COC’s Head, Zlatko Mateša. The reason for this conclusion was the agenda’s point on the new Croatian Olympic Committee’s Development program with the task of encouraging the rather deficient female team sports of younger age categories.

The proposal has caused a great deal of debate and resulted in a decision that the draft of the future program is still under development. In the existing COC’s development programs, there were many changes in the user segment. Bruna Huljev and David Ledinski (dive) and Antonia Ružić, Luka Mikrut and Tara Wurth (all of them tennis) are included in the Development Program 1 as of September 1st, 2018. Development Program II./1 includes new users - boxer Nikolina Ćaćic (since October 1st) and wrestler Ante Milković (since October 1st). Our most promising young rowing forces - Anton and Patrik Lončarić and Ivana and Josipa Jurković - progressed from the second into the third COC’s Development program, with Osijek twins starting from October 1st and Vela Luka twins from the rowing club VK Trešnjevka since August 1st. In the same program, shooter Miran Maričić’s status ceased due to transition into the Olympic program Tokyo 2020. In addition to Maričić, strong shooting forces as obvious Olympic candidates (from October 1st) are round up with Snježana Pejčić and Petar Gorša, and Anton Glasnović with a pre-Olympic candidate status (from September 1st). Sailors Šime and Mihovil Fantela, as well as Tonči Stipanović, are evident Olympic candidates as of September 1st, followed by Enia Ninčević and Mihaela de Micheli Vitturi with the status as pre-Olympic candidates as of the same date. Despite the fact that Tonči Stipanović won the Olympic standard in the Laser class, there is a young sailor Filip Jurišić, member of Split’s club Mornar, with the status of a pre-Olympic candidate.

- We have two excellent sailors in the same class and only one Olympic standard that the more experienced Laser sailor has already achieved. At the same time, we must not discourage the younger athlete - said Zlatko Mateša.

Mateša asked Željko Jerkov, COC’s Vice President, to help in promoting the basketball 3x3 as a new sport that should be more developed in Croatia:
- We must be aware of the fact that this is a new Olympic sports, not the sports basketball players are practicing when they have nothing else to do. I believe that the recent very constructive meeting with representatives of the Croatian Basketball Federation will benefit us in this...

The financial report (January 1st to September 30th, 2018) by the Secretary General Josip Čop showed that COC entered into November without any liabilities, also owing to the timely transfers of budget money provided by the Central State Office for Sports (SDUŠ).

Positive opinion for the organization of major international competitions was given to the: Croatian Ski Federation for Snow Queen in January 2019, Croatian Car and Karting Federation for the 45th INA Delta Rally in June next year and Croatian Sea Sport Fishing Association for hosting the Underwater Fishing World Cup in Zadar in 2020. The COC Council also accepted the taekwondoists’ request for the sponsorship of the jubilee 20th Jastreb Open - Cup of the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea that will be held on November 25th at the Zagreb Arena.

The proposal of the Project on participation of Croatian female and male athletes at the second edition of the European Games in Minsk next year was accepted and the appointment of the Matija Ljubek Award Jury and appointment of the Commission for the Selection of the Most Successful female and male Athletes and Coaches in 2018 were approved as well. The traditional COC’s celebration of the Great Day of Croatian Sports will take place on December 19th, while the session of the National Olympic Association’s Assembly will be held in Zagreb tomorrow. (COC/VK)