A press conference of the Serbian Olympic team was held in Tokyo

A press conference of the Serbian Olympic team was held in Tokyo

A press conference of the Serbian Olympic team was held in the largest hall of the Main Media Center in Tokyo before the start of the Olympic Games. According to the organizers of the Games, this was the most visited conference in which over 200 journalists from all over the world participated live and via video conference.

On behalf of the Olympic team of Serbia, the president of the OCS, Bozidar Maljkovic, the general secretary, Gjorge Visacki, the head of the mission, Natasa Jankovic, Novak Djokovic, Maja Ognjenovic, Sonja Vasic and Filip Filipovic, addressed the public.

The conference was opened by Natasa Jankovic, Head of Mission of the Serbian Olympic Team in Tokyo, and informed everyone that our team at the Games has 86 athletes in 13 individual and 3 team sports, as well as that everything is ready for the start of the competition and that the atmosphere is excellent among Serbian Olympians.

The President of the Olympic Committee of Serbia, Božidar Maljković, pointed out that a lot of effort and work had been invested in order for the Games in Tokyo to be held, and that the task of all Serbian athletes was to present themselves in the best light, representing their country.

“The athletes who represent us at the Olympic Games are the best that our country has. I always emphasize them as national heroes. The institution of the Olympic Committee of Serbia has a tradition of 111 years. All of us who are sitting here today and those who are in the Olympic Village are the heirs of great champions and great results. All athletes will fight here in their personal name, in the name of their families, in the name of the entire nation. I will repeat the words of Filip Filipović from a few days ago: Give us support and be the wind in our backs. Send only positive energy, and everything else is up to our athletes. Our athletes must be bright role models for our children, that is the greatest mission “, he pointed out President Maljković in his address.

Secretary General George Visacki thanked the organizers of the Games, the people of Japan and everyone who did their best to make the Games that start tomorrow successful.

“We are here after a long journey. I would like to thank the International Organizing Committee, the Organizing Committee “Tokyo 2020” as well as the Government of Japan for the opportunity for all athletes in the world to show their skills in this competition. If they do not compete, athletes cannot promote Olympic values. When the games were postponed, the organizers faced great challenges, which fortunately were successfully overcome. We are grateful for the opportunity to be in Tokyo today and to watch the best athletes in the world compete after tomorrow’s Games Opening Ceremony. “, he apostrophized Secretary General of the OCS.

Novak Djokovic pointed out that he has the privilege of being a part of the Olympic team of Serbia and that competing at the Olympic Games is a feeling that nothing can replace.

“So far, I have had the honor of performing at the Games three times, to represent Serbia and win a bronze medal in 2008 in Beijing. The experience from the Olympic Games is something special. The feeling that you are part of the team at the Games is something that inspires me and that I have a lot of confidence for my performance. As an individual athlete, I always represent my country, but being part of a team at the world’s biggest sporting event is something above all. This gives you wings and allows you to reach the highest heights. I feel great physically and mentally. I have had the best season of my career so far and I hope to continue at that pace in Tokyo as well, ”he said. the best tennis player in the world Novak Djokovic.

The MVP of the recently concluded European Women’s Basketball Championship, Sonja Vasić, said that, like all athletes, she will do her best to represent Serbia in the best way.

“It is a great honor to be in Tokyo and to represent Serbia. If perhaps what we did in Rio in 2016 was a miracle, the results we continuously did after that show that we are on the right track. We are proud to have made women’s basketball a permanent participant in the Olympic Games. As for the tournament, we want to go step by step, to present our country in the best light and we hope that it will be enough for joy, “she said. Sonja Vasić.

As a captain, Filip Filipović leads the team that will defend the title of Olympic champions and which is ready to show in the pool how eager he is to repeat the result from Rio.

“We are finally in Tokyo. After a year of waiting. Thanks to the Olympic Committee of Serbia, the preparations for coming to the Games and staying in the Olympic Village are ideal and we have all the conditions for a good result. I would like to wish all the best to my colleagues from other sports. “My teammates and I will show in the pool that we are ready for everything that awaits us,” he said captain of the water polo national team of Serbia.

Maja Ognjenović, the captain of the women’s volleyball national team of Serbia, points out that it will not be a problem for the players of Serbia that they did not play together for a long time due to the pandemic and that the team is ready to make a new feat.

“I have to agree with everyone, we have been waiting for a long time to come to Tokyo. We are excited because the competition will start soon. It is always nice to be in the Olympic Village and be part of the Serbian Team. I would also wish good luck to all our athletes, we will encourage each other to good results “, she pointed out Maja Ognjenović.

The first athlete of the Olympic team of Serbia who will perform at the Games is rower Jovana Arsić, who represents our country in the discipline of women’s skiff. She is expected to qualify in the morning hours of Japanese time on July 23.

Source: OKS

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