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

Related Headlines:

serbian-ngo-s-reminded-on-strpci-crime-02-27-2017
27 Feb 17

Serbian Activists Commemorate Strpci Train Massacre

Rights activists marked the 24th anniversary of the abduction and subsequent massacre of 20 passengers from a train in Strpci in Bosnia, calling on the Serbian authorities to finally prosecute those responsible.

27 Feb 17

Protest Called Against SDSM-Led Macedonia Govt

27 Feb 17

US Condemns Croatian Neo-Nazi March for Trump

27 Feb 17

Zaev to Claim PM's Mandate in Macedonia

Premium Selection

bosniaks-resists-bosnian-croat-call-for-own-tv-02-27-2017
27 Feb 17

Bosniaks Likely to Resist Bosnian Croat Call For Own TV

Bosnian Croat politicians say Croats are cut out of the current public broadcasting model - but with Bosniaks increasingly alarmed about the country’s survival, their demands may not get far.

enfant-terrible-of-croatian-theatre-continues-to-shock-02-27-2017
27 Feb 17

Enfant Terrible of Croatian Theatre Continues To Shock

A decade on, Oliver Frljic is still challenging theatre audiences across Europe, as well as in the Balkans, using plays to confront the nationalist mythology of post-Yugoslav societies.

24 Feb 17

Serbia Braces for Bumpy Election Ride

Latest News from the Balkans

27 Feb 17

Protest Called Against SDSM-Led Macedonia Govt

27 Feb 17

US Condemns Croatian Neo-Nazi March for Trump

27 Feb 17

Zaev to Claim PM's Mandate in Macedonia

24 Feb 17

Balkan Retail Giant Agrokor Faces New Troubles