Competition of athletes younger than 18 years – the Youth Olympic Games will begin on 14th August in Singapore, and Montenegro will have its representatives both in team and individual sports.
Yesterday, they travelled to Asia, and young competitors were seen by the President of the Montenegrin Olympic Committee, Dušan Simonović, who will be present at the opening ceremony of the Games.
In team sports in Singapore, Montenegro will be represented by pioneer football national team (age 1995.), lead by Sava Kovačević.
– Unfortunately, we will go on this trip handicapped since Koča Krstović got suspended, Ivan Prančić hurt, and Marko Kordić will not be able to be on the goal because of two yellow cards in qualifying round. Regardless all this, we travel to Singapore with great ambition. Our wish is to represent our Association, our country and whole Europe in best possible way, and our goal is to return with at least one medal – said selector Sava Kovačević before the trip.
In individual sports, our country will be represented by tennis player Mia Radulović, Vilson Ljajčaj in taekwondo, swimmer Katarina Đurđević and judo player Rijad Dedeić.
During 12 days of competition, Singapore will host 3600 young athletes who will compete in 26 sports, including beach wrestling, »BMX« riding and “three on three” basketball.
– This is big sport event that will gather lots of young people, and for us it is important because we will have representatives in both team and individual sports, said Simonović. – It is nice to see young athletes to a long distance journey, especially if we expect them to represent our country in best possible way. I am assured that this important event will be good stimulus for their future careers.
For official ambassadors of the Youth Olympic Games, the International Olympic Committee elected Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps and Yelena Isinbayeva who have won 19 Olympic medals.