UEFA’S FIRST MAN HOSTS SERBIAN BASKETBALL LEGEND: Dejan Tomašević special guest at EURO 2020 – ‘We need new stadiums’ (PHOTO)

The famous basketball player attended the matches of the European Championship.

On call Aleksandra Čeferina, the President UEFA, our legendary basketball player Dejan Tomaševiand Honorary Consul of Hungary in Serbia and Director of the HEPA Office for the Western Balkans Nemanja Milutinović they were special guests at the match EURO2020 between France and Portugal which was played in Budapest a few days ago.

In addition to meeting the first man of the European Football Union, with whom he has a long-standing friendship, Tomasevic had the opportunity to attend numerous meetings with prominent businessmen from all over Europe, as representatives of the Hungarian government, which discussed the present and future of sports in our region. One of the most important topics referred to the possibility of closer cooperation between Hungary and Serbia in the field of sports, especially in sports in which our northern neighbors are not as successful as basketball.

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– One of the ideas is to organize a system in which Hungarian basketball players will have the opportunity to come to Serbia regularly and participate in our basketball camps, which are characterized by exceptional quality and tradition. We have outstanding basketball experts, coaches who can transfer knowledge to colleagues from Hungary and their younger selections. I believe that it could be a good business model, which would attract guests from abroad, and bring us additional affirmation – he said Tomasevic.

State Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and President of the Management Board PVSK Pečuj, Balaš Rakoci, he pointed out that there is a serious interest in this type of cooperation.

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– They are willing to invest in junior categories, and we are here to help them through our camps. In addition to basketball, there is a possibility to expand cooperation to organize an event in which the two countries would play several games in basketball, football, handball and water polo, with the support of national Olympic committees. It would be a good opportunity to further improve good political and economic relations, through sports, culture and tourism – he added Milutinovic, Director of the Hungarian Export Promotion Agency (HEPA).

Formal and informal meetings with celebrated football aces were organized in Budapest Luis Figo and Zvonimir Bobanom, as with Zoran Laković, director of the UEFA National Associations.

– The conclusion was that better cooperation is needed in the former Yugoslavia, if we want to maintain high quality in the sports we are proud of. However, the primary condition for any results and progress is the improvement of infrastructure, which is at a low level in the region, except for the football stadium in Skopje. If we had modern facilities, we would have the opportunity to apply to host one of the European competitions, starting with the junior or cadet championships, where we would show that we are ready for much bigger things – he states Tomasevic.

The importance of modern sports infrastructure was also seen in the example of Budapest, which was one of the host cities. EURO2020.

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– It is a great thing that they made a national stadium. The stands were full, it was a real sports holiday, and Hungary is on the map of Europe again after a long time. And until recently that was not the case. For decades, they have struggled to regain the glory of past generations. Only after the construction of the infrastructure, with the commitment of people such as Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Sandor Chanji, the first man of their alliance and the president of OTP Bank, things started to go according to plan. Fortunately, our president Aleksandar Vučić recognized that importance and initiated the action of building a stadium, which I claim represents the salvation of Serbian football and sports. With such facilities, Serbia will be able to raise the quality of football and make plans for further development. That is the only way, because Europe and other countries are not waiting – our famous ace concluded.

Source: HotSport by hotsport.rs.

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