Welcome ceremony for the Olympic Team of Serbia
Our Olympians, winners of medals in London, greeted citizens from the City Hall balcony
Belgrade, August 14 – The Olympic Committee of Serbia (OCS), in cooperation with the City Assembly of Belgrade and Telenor, the general sponsor of the OCS, organised the welcome ceremony for the Olympians who represented our country at the London Olympic Games.
A great number of citizens gathered to welcome the Olympians, and the medal winners – bronze-winning archer Andrija Zlatić and the national water polo team of Serbia, silver-winning archer Ivana Maksimović, and the Olympic champion in taekwondo, Milica Mandić – addressed the audience on behalf of the Olympic team from the City Hall balcony.
The first speaker was Vanja Udovičić, the captain of the national water polo team of Serbia, the winner of the bronze medal at the London Olympic Games: “I would like to congratulate all the athletes who competed in London. Please, a big applause for the girls who made us happy and the first Olympic medal in London for Andrija, and even a bigger one for the national water polo team. It is a privilege to be the captain of this team. Thank you for believing that we could achieve something that seemed impossible, for coming here, as you confirm that we are worth it.”
“It is wonderful to be here, thank you very much for welcoming us in this beautiful manner. I hope I will see you again at n this balcony,” added Andrija Zlatić, the bronze-winning archer in the air pistol discipline and the winner of the first medal for Serbia in London.
Ivana Maksimović, the silver-winning archer in the rifle 3 positions category and the winner of the 100th medal for Serbia at the OG, said the following: "The feeling is fantastic, this site is unforgettable, I am proud and honoured to be a member of this team, we have all given our hearts for Serbia. Thank you for completing my dream.”
“Good evening, Serbia, hello, everyone, thank you for this wonderful feeling, I feel like this for the first time in my life, just like when I sang the national anthem, and thank you for giving us all this. This is something to live for,” said Milica Mandić, the Olympic champion in taekwondo.
After the celebration at the balcony with a suitable music program, the athletes attended a cocktail in the City Hall, where they were addressed by Dragan Đilas, Belgrade Mayor, Kjell-Morten Johnsen, Executive Vice-President of Telenor Group and Head of Telenor’s European Operations, and Vlade Divac, the OCS President.
Prior to the event in the City Hall, a reception, hosted by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia, Mr Ivica Dačić, and Minister of Youth and Sport, Mrs Alisa Marić, was held for our national Olympic Team.
Then a cocktail followed for our best athletes at the premises of the general sponsor of the OCS, Telenor, after which they set off on a winning ride in an open top bus to the City Hall.