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.

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