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November 1, 2019
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The Croatian Olympic Academy coordinated several Olympic Day celebrations in Croatia, which took place in several locations (Poreč, Rijeka, Split, Zagreb, Osijek and the islands of Brač and Pag). It also organised the first Olympic Day Run in Croatia (the race marking International Olympic Day), with the participation of 478 runners. Olympic rower Damir Martin (silver medallist at the 2012 London Olympics and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics) was the race ambassador; the event was also attended – among many Olympic athletes – by Olympic shooter Josip Glasnović (2016 Olympic Champion in Rio de Janeiro) and tennis player Ana Konjuh.

In March 2019, the Croatian Olympic Academy launched a pilot project of workshops on Olympism and the Olympic values for primary and secondary school students. Upon their completion, it was clear that the project had exceeded all expectations. A total of 60 workshops were held from March to June with over 1,000 primary and secondary school pupils taking part. Each educational workshop lasts 45 minutes and is held with physical education or class teachers in the school gym instead of the conventional classroom.

Through the workshops, and the use of interactive methods, students are given the opportunity to learn about the ancient Olympic Games, the modern Olympic Μovement, its founder Pierre de Coubertin and the Olympic values.A folder containing materials concerning the workshops on Olympism and the Olympic values for primary and secondary school students is in preparation. There was also a presentation of the project at the physical education teachers meeting organised by the Croatian School Sports Association at the University of Zagreb.

The Croatian OlympicAcademy has also supported and assisted the SOS Olympics project of Marija Lozančić, member of the Young Change-Maker family of the International Olympic Committee. The project has been approved by the IOC and is being developed with the sponsorship of the IOC and Panasonic.

In this context, an outdoor sports centre was opened in the SOS Children’s Village Ladimirevci. The project’s objective was to include children without parental care in the community, ensure sports development for them, and teach them tolerance and the core values of Olympism: excellence, respect and friendship.

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