Griffon Vulture as mascot of the Olympic Team of Serbia
Mascot will cheer for our athletes at the Olympic Games for the first time in 100 years
May 25, 2011 – The griffon vulture is the first mascot of the Olympic team of Serbia at the Games in London in 2012. It is courageous and strong and flies perfectly and swiftly, just like we wish to see our athletes at the largest global competition.
The author of the most creative solution at the contest for the mascot is Ivan Aranđelović, a talented young designer from Belgrade, who works successfully in the area of graphic and industrial design. Vlade Divac, President of the Olympic Committee of Serbia, and Kjell Morten Johnsen, CEO of Telenor, the company which is the general sponsor of the Olympic Committee of Serbia, have granted EUR3000 and a mobile phone, prepaid package, and Internet modem with 30 gigabytes of traffic to the winner.
Zorana Arunović, Damir Mikec and Nemanja Mirosavljev, members of the national archery team who qualified for the Olympic Games in London, have officially accepted the mascot to the team, and a ceremonial promotion has been attended by many athletes and sports workers.
“The Olympic team of Serbia has a new member, the mascot of the Olympic team, which will for the first time support our Olympic athletes in London in 2012, when we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of our participation at the Olympic Games. I am glad that Telenor, as our general sponsor, has recognised the value of this story and helped us in efforts to strengthen the support to our team and raise awareness regarding the significance of participation at the Games,” says Vlade Divac.
The griffon vulture is a rare type of eagle of an impressive size with a wingspan of up to three metres, living in the special natural reservation “Uvac”. This rare species was on a verge of extinction some twenty years ago. In 1990, only seven griffon vultures survived at the territory of the Uvac lakes. In 1994, the “Griffon Vulture” Foundation for the Protection of Vultures was established and the Manastirina feeding site was opened.
The mascot of the Olympic team of Serbia still does not have a name. From today and in next ten days, ending on June 04, proposals for the name of the first mascot of the Olympic team of Serbia can be submitted at the website of the Olympic Committee of Serbia at www.oks.org.rs. On the last day, June 04, the “Olympic Day” will be organised at the Trim Track in Košutnjak, where all participants will have an opportunity to meet and play with the mascot, as well as give their proposals for the name on the spot. After that, from June 05 until June 14, voting for one of three names with the highest number of proposals will be organised. The mascot of the Olympic team of Serbia will get its name on June 15.
The Olympic Committee of Serbia will celebrate in London the 100th anniversary of the first participation at the Olympic Games in Stockholm in 1912, and, for the first time in the history, the mascot of the Olympic team of Serbia will support all athletes from our country on their road to the 100th medal.