The Olympic Committee of Serbia has selected the most successful athletes, teams and coaches of Serbia in 2021
Jovana Preković and Filip Filipović took the title of the most successful athletes for 2021, while the women’s volleyball and men’s water polo national teams of Serbia were declared the most successful teams. The most successful young athlete is the athlete Adriana Vilagos, while the prestigious award for the most successful coach of Serbia was taken by Dragan Gale Jović for the third time. The recognition “Olympic Heart – General Svetomir Đukić” for his contribution to Olympism and the strengthening of the Olympic movement this year was awarded to Prof. Dr. Dragan Gaga Radovanovic.
In his address, the President of the Olympic Committee of Serbia, Božidar Maljković, referred primarily to the exceptional successes achieved by our athletes at the previously held Olympic Games in the conditions of an unprecedented global crisis caused by the corona virus.
“In conditions of uncertainty and unknowns, our athletes achieved results that justified the image of the country of sports that our Serbia brings to the world. We returned from Tokyo with 9 medals won, 3 of which were gold. In addition to the achieved results, I would like to point out that we had one of the most gender-balanced delegations in Japan, with 44 athletes and 43 athletes, which is an ideal that still fails to approach the largest number of countries participating in the world’s most important sports festival. Maljković pointed out at the beginning of his address.
He pointed out that good and quality cooperation with real and reliable partners is very important in achieving top results. He especially emphasized the cooperation with the competent state institutions – from the President of the Republic of Serbia, through the Government, to the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
“THEIt is a great pleasure for me to have the opportunity to communicate to the sports, but also to the entire public in Serbia, for the first time, information that completely completes this historically successful year. The Olympic Committee of Serbia proposed, and the President and the Government of the Republic of Serbia accepted our proposal to introduce national recognitions to coaches who win medals from the largest international competitions in the form of lifetime monthly income. In this way, we have all together provided the best creators of top sports results with the financial security and peace they need to create new champions. “ said President Maljkovic.
Filip Filipović won the title of the most successful athlete in Serbia for the past year. This is his second recognition for the most successful athlete in the selection of the Olympic Committee of Serbia. The winner of the Olympic gold medal and the best player of the Olympic water polo tournament said while receiving the trophy:
“Definitely, the Olympic awards are the biggest awards for me and my entire team. I think we rounded up a fantastic story with Tokyo. This generation succeeded with young forces, which few succeeded in doing. Thank God, the coaches and the professional staff who have endured us all these years. When the year ends like this, there is nothing to add. “
Karate player Jovana Preković, Olympic, world and European champion, won the title of the most successful athlete in Serbia in 2021.
“I want to thank all the people who contributed to my experience of this moment. As I dreamed of winning Olympic gold and carrying the flag of my country at the most prestigious sports competition, this recognition and the balcony and my entire city that welcomed me are part of my dream. After the Olympics, it was very difficult to keep the focus, but I did my best and I managed to keep that focus and bring this year to an end the way I wanted. “, said Olympic, world and European champion Jovana Preković.
For the third time, the most successful coach of Serbia is taekwondo coach Dragan Gale Jović. He deserved this prestigious recognition by winning two medals at the Olympic Games in Tokyo with his athletes. He won a gold medal with Milica Mandić, and a bronze medal with Tijana Bogdanović.
“I am one of the few coaches who was the holder of national recognition before their abolition. From that angle, I know how much it means for stability and focus in the work of every coach who will receive this recognition now. The coaches have clearly received the message that they are not marginal. Once again, they have essentially and formally received confirmation of the value of their daily work and the energy they invest in the development of athletes and leadership to top achievements. Therefore, in front of the profession and all coaches, but also athletes whose coaches are in the period of growing up and part of the family, I want to thank President Aleksandar Vučić at yesterday’s meeting and understanding of our arguments.
Thanks also to the Government of the Republic of Serbia, the Ministry of Youth and Sports, as well as the Olympic Committee of Serbia for the partnership that sports and athletes have in you. This is another way to keep the profession in the country and for our best experts to work with our children and our athletes. I don’t know if there is a better New Year’s gift for coaches than this “, said in his address the three-time most successful coach of Serbia, Dragan Jović.
The javelin thrower Adriana Vilagos received the award for the most successful young athlete. Adriana Vilagos is the world junior champion and world record holder in this athletic discipline, and she was recently named the second best young athlete in Europe in the selection of the European Olympic Committees.
“I am very happy and satisfied with the results so far and I hope that this is just the beginning of my career. My big goal and plan is the Olympics. This is a big part for me that I have the opportunity to be with the best athletes in Serbia. This evening is a great motivation for me to follow in their footsteps one day. “, said the world junior champion, Adriana Villagos.
For the eleventh time, the most successful women’s team is the volleyball team, which won this trophy on the basis of winning a bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Due to obligations in the preparations and competitions, the players were not able to attend the award ceremony. The trophy was received by Jelena Nikolić, vice president of the Volleyball Federation of Serbia.
In the competition of men’s teams, the water polo team won the title of the most successful in the selection of the Olympic Committee of Serbia for the fourteenth time. The winners of the Olympic gold medal from Tokyo rounded off their historic year in this way.
“These successes we have achieved would not have been achieved if we did not function as a family. We are friends outside the pool above all, and that has been the case for many years. “, said Dušan Mandić on behalf of the water polo player.
For the fifth year, the Olympic Committee of Serbia is awarding the Olympic Heart Trophy “General Svetomir Đukić” intended for people who dedicate their entire lives to sports and leave lasting results in their social and sports work. The Commission for awarding recognitions and the Executive Board of the Olympic Committee of Serbia decided that this year’s trophy will be awarded to Professor Dr. Dragan Gaga Radovanovic because of his comprehensive long-term engagement in sports, as well as the way of acting and living in accordance with Olympic principles and ideals.
“One has to choose the path, and the path is to help someone. If you don’t help, then you lose yourself. And by helping others, then you got much, much more than the one you helped. This is a surprise to me and I think this is the greatest recognition I have received so far, because it came with a lot of love and a lot of respect. This is a recognition that came from a friend and that is why I am a rich man. “, emphasized Professor Dr. Dragan Radovanović.
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