HOW TO WIN A MEDAL?

While we are enjoying the success of our basketball national teams (as well as of other Montenegrin sportsmen), this new type of patriotism that is starting to develop fast in our country is very fulfilling. I believe that it is a shared feeling among increasing number of our citizens (regardless of their affiliation during the referendum campaign). It seems to me that sport is one of the best bridges that unites social contradictions, as well as political, generation, and ideological ones.

It also combines in the best possible manner the wish to compete and the moral system. Therefore, I believe it is necessary to reconsider our strategic sports-related commitments as soon as possible.

There is no doubt that Montenegrin men and women (the words “citoyen et citoyenne” that remind of the legacy of the French Revolution could slowly fade away bearing in mind that we have finally become aware that in accordance with international standards and from the national point of view we are all citizens of Montenegro, while every person has the right to ethnically belong to another category) are very talented for sports.

However, it should be borne in mind that financing of sports is often related to economic capacities, especially during the time of economic crisis. Due to this reason, I believe that the State has several obligations: investments in infrastructure – football playgrounds, sports halls, swimming pools…then providing funds for the functioning of sports associations primarily in order to have competitive games of national teams, and further support to the sport development, especially of younger national teams. Investments in infrastructure are a logical choice – there is no doubt about it – as proved by good results achieved in the previous period, and this will be continued. Funds for sports associations are logical choice, and it sounds reasonable to me to give priority to sports that have recorded significant results, such as water polo, basketball, handball, especially women’s handball, and volley ball, bearing in mind talented younger teams. Country that is competitive in at least one sport is a rich country, and our wealth in that respect is great.

As far as individual sports are concerned, we can point out athletics since we have excellent Marija Vukovic, but also women’s tennis that is being developing in continuity for some time and most recently through also excellent Danka Kovinic – so we have two potential Olympic gold medals in Rio de Janeiro in 2016!

As far as martial sports are concerned, it seems logical to me to think about Olympic sports, such as judo and taekwondo.

Investment in young people sounds like a cliché, but the reason for making the investment is important and it makes it not to be a cliché. As I said before, our clubs do not have financial capacity, and I believe it is much more realistic to invest in domestic players until they are in their early twenties, and then to have strategic relationship with prestigious European clubs so that they can continue their development and strengthen our national teams. To that end, an important task is to invest in coaching capacities, and all associations should place additional efforts in that area, by engaging also personnel from the region. We should not forget that fastest developed countries in the history used to import know-how.  

Good game, Montenegrins!          

Igor Luksic

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5 Responses to HOW TO WIN A MEDAL?

  1. Slobodan Manojlovic says:

    Poštovani gos. Lukšiću,
    Cijeneći Vaše iskrene namjere za boljim tretmanom sporta u CG nijesam želio da Vam na istim stranicama dnevnih novina dajem komentare koje ću iznijeti u ovom obraćanju jer moja namjera nije publicitet već želja da pokušam biti konstruktivan sa konkretnim činjenicama.
    SPONZORSTVA. Crnogorski sport bi finansirale mnoge kompanije koje imaju osjećaj za društvenu odgovornost ali se u praksi javljaju mnoge anomalije koje ih od toga odvraćaju. Na pr. kompanija VOLI je sponzor KSCG . Međutim taj VOLI državu CG za godinu dana ošteti za iznos od oko 1.500.000 eura samo po osnovu neplaćenih obaveza za zaposlene. Do ove cifre se dolazi na sledeći način. VOLI ima oko 1.000 zaposlenih. S obzirom da lične dohotke ne isplaćuje kako to Zakon nalaže on svakoka mjeseca po ovom osnovu državu skrati za oko130.000 eura. Mnogi vlasnici dobrih kompanija smatraju da je ovo kompaniji VOLI omogućeno zbog ” dila ” sa KSCG i oni zbog toga ne žele da sponzorišu sport u CG. Jednostavno ne vjeruju da ministar finansija i predsjednih KSCG nije upoznat sa ovom činjenicom.
    INFRASTRUKTURA. Svako dijete u CG je počelo da se bavi sportom u školskom dvorištu. U zadnjih 5-6 godina kada je PG u pitanju ova mogućnost djeci je potpuno uskraćena. Neko je našao modus da se školska infrastruktura komercijalizuje iako to ima pogubne posledice za razvoj sporta u CG.Od ove komercijalizacije korist imaju samo zakupci a djeca su uskraćena za ono što im je najpotrebnije. Siguran sam da Vam ovdje nije potrebna posebna elaboracija pa bi bilo poželjno da što prije sa Ministrom prosvjete i Ministrom sporta razriješite ovu problematiku.
    KADROVI U SPORTU. Evidentno je da se mnogi kadrovi u sportskim organizacijama nalaze tu zbog svojih intersa a ne zbog sporta. Zbog toga nam se ,između ostaloga, dešava sledeće:
    – od omladinskih reprezentativaca u karateu traži se da plate opremu za nastup u reprezentaciji što rezultira sa tim da šampioni iz revolta odustaju a na međunarodna takmičenja idu oni koji jedva čekaju da plate jer samo tako mogu ući u sastav
    – iako je predsejdnik Skijaškog saveza CG iz Kolašina u tom gradu imamo situaciju da se u zadnjih nekoliko godina svjesno potisnuo sa Bjelasice lokalni takmičarski kadar u skijanju.
    – predsjednik OKCG je takođe iz Kolašina , ali u tom gradu koji je idealan za sport u ovom 21 vijeku imamo manje sportskih terena nego što je to bilo sredinom prošlog vijeka . Teniski tereni, košarkaški tereni , trim staza i sl. samo se trebaju dovesti u pređašnje stanje i eto koristi za sport i turizam.
    NASTAVA U ŠKOLAMA. Svima je jasno da su djeca od 10(deset) i više godina baza za sport i sve ostale vannastavne aktisvnosti . Shodno tome za ovaj uzrast uvijek se organizuje nastava prije podne (konstantno ili se mijenja mjesečno ) kako bi u poslepodnevnim časovima mogli ići na kurseve, baviti se sportom i tome sl. Međutim, mi danas u Podgorici imamo direktora osnovne škole “Sutjeska” koji je “uspio” da organizuje nastavu za šesti i sedmi razred samo u popodnevnim satima. Zbog toga mnoga djeca protestvuju i žele da promijene školu jer su diskriminisani u odnosu na vršnjake ali to do direktora na dopire. Pretpostavljam da sa pozicije Podpresjednika Vlade možete uticati na ovu anomaliju.
    Dijelim Vaše mišljenje da je sport naša šansa i ukoliko smatrate da Vam mogu pomoći na bilo koji način u Vašoj misiji da se sport što bolje protežira slobodno me kontaktirajte.

    S poštovanjem
    Slobodan Manojlović

  2. Sports makes me think of:

    – basketball games to which Prime Minister Djukanovic would come after the beginning, so that everybody would see&greet him
    – tennis courts in Podgorica destroyed by the order of mayor Miomir Mugosa
    – World record-holding swimmer Matija Jaukovic, who begged Montenegrin Olympic Committee to take care of the paperwork before joining the Australian team
    – politicians hugging European waterpolo champions on the stage, then leaving the clubs to struggle for survival
    – mayor Mugosa promising to build 5 swimming pools in Podgorica
    – shady transfers of football players to renowned international clubs

    etc.

  3. ombravagante says:

    “Sport has the power to change the world”, ha detto Nelson Mandela.
    Un afermazione che puo sembrare forzata o provocatoria, ma che non lo è. E suficente percorere alcuni eventi del mondo dello sport, per capire la verità di queste parole…

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