Serbian Olympian Čaba Silađi spent the first days of the new year working – but not in the pool.
During his stay in Divčibare, while walking in the mountains with his girlfriend, he came across a not at all beautiful sight.
“The two of us went to the Paljba lookout point, only two kilometers from the center of Divčibare, with the intention of enjoying the view, and we found an uncontrolled landfill above which we can take unobstructed photos and selfies,” Siladji wrote on his Instagram profile.
The two of them went to lunch and returned equipped with a pair of gloves, two large bags with a volume of 150 liters and – “threw themselves” to work!
They started slowly from the board and the fence down the slope.
“We did not expect to go that far under the lookout collecting diapers, plastic and glass bottles, cans, perfumes, motor oils, children’s toys and clothes, cigarette hells, paper and wet wipes, glasses, firecrackers and much more,” Siladji said.
The famous athlete says that it took them about an hour to fill the bags they took with them, but also that a lot was left for them.
“We did everything we could with the two bags we brought. We were helped by only one family of three who found themselves there, people just watched us as they passed us “, says the athlete.
The problem is not only in the garbage next to the trail and the road, a few tens of meters down the trail, Siladji noticed large amounts of waste and remnants of plastic packaging. According to her, the biggest problem is wet wipes, which are the most difficult to collect and decompose in nature for a long time.
“I invite everyone who finds scenes like this to do something because it depends only on us. We have to take care of our environment and what we leave behind – the garbage may not be ours, but the land and its nature are, “Siladji concluded.
He emphasizes that it is not only tourists and passers-by who are to blame, there is not a single garbage can or any other type of adequate place for waste disposal nearby.
Siladji and his girlfriend published their appeal on social networks and received numerous praises for their work.
Who is Chaba Siladji?
Čaba Silađi is a Serbian swimmer of Hungarian origin. His basic style is breaststroke, and he has been swimming since 1997. He achieved a large number of notable results at the world and European junior championships. At the 2008 World Junior Championships in Monterey, he won a silver medal in the 50-meter breaststroke and a bronze medal in the 100-meter breaststroke. He was a member of the Serbian Olympic team at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, and at the European Short Course Swimming Championships in 2009 in Istanbul, he won a bronze medal in the 50-meter breaststroke. It is also his first senior medal. In the same year, he won silver (100 meters breaststroke) and bronze (50 meters breaststroke) at the Mediterranean Games in Pescara, while he also won bronze (50 meters breaststroke) at the Universiade in Belgrade. He will defend the flag of Serbia at the Olympic Games, this summer, in Tokyo.
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