news 11 Sep 12

Bosnians Welcome Home Paralympic Volleyball Victors

The Paralympics volleyball team was warmly welcomed back to Sarajevo on Monday after taking a gold at the games in London.

Elvira M. Jukic
BIRN
Sarajevo

More than 1,500 fans at Sarajevo airport welcomed back Bosnia's Paralympics volleyball team, which took a gold at the London 2012 games.

The captain, Sabahudin Delalic, told the media on Monday that he had wept for joy when the team won against Iran.

“It came as a surprise,” Delalic said. “The advantage of our team is that we all breathe as one family,” he explained.

“Other teams don't have that, which is why they don't have these results,” he added.

While Bosnia won in the finals against Iran on Saturday, Germany took third place against Russia.

Delalic said he was happy that the team had brought some joy to Bosnia.

“I am glad that the public had a chance to see the semi-finals and finals and be witnesses to our fight for Bosnia and Herzegovina,” he said.

The team selector, Mirza Hrustemovic, said that the gold medal had been unexpected, but the team deserved it.

“I guess we are used to fighting for our life,” Hrustemovic said, referring to the poor financial support for the team.

He thanked those donors who had contributed to the team, adding that they are a team that received little but gave back a lot.

The winning players were Sabahudin Delalic, Safet Alibasic, Nizam Cancar, Mirzet Duran, Ismet Godinjak, Dzevad Hamzic, Ermin Jusufovic, Denis Kadric, Adnan Kesmer, Adnan Manko, Asim Medic and Ejub Mehmedovic.

Talk about it!

blog comments powered by Disqus

Premium Selection

ex-croatian-pm-s-success-doomed-from-start-06-22-2016
23 Jun 16

Croatia's Ex-PM Was Doomed From Start, Experts Say

The position of Croatia's now former Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic, a non-party candidate for the post, was highly problematic from the moment he took office.

former-sandzak-mufti-mulls-joining-serbian-government-06-22-2016
23 Jun 16

Former Sandzak Mufti Mulls Joining Serbian Government

Muamer Zukorlic, the controversial former mufti, businessmen and new member of Serbia’s parliament, is considering entering a new government if it offers Bosniaks some concessions. 

22 Jun 16

Balkan Countries Brace for British Vote on EU

22 Jun 16

Census Bombshell adds to Bosnia's EU Woes

21 Jun 16

Report Hailing Economic Growth Questioned

20 Jun 16

All Eyes on China in Serbian Steel Mill Town

Latest News from the Balkans

24 Jun 16

Balkans Shaken as UK Chooses EU Exit

24 Jun 16

Fears Grow For Hijacked Albanian Fishermen

24 Jun 16

Kosovo Probes Dubious KLA Veterans' List

24 Jun 16

Bulgaria Moves to Make Radical Islam a Crime

24 Jun 16

Romania to Curb Perks of Jailbird Authors

24 Jun 16

Islamophobia Summit Opens in Bosnian Capital

24 Jun 16

Albania Plans Memorial to Communism Victims