21 Oct 2019, 00:03 AM

20 October 2019 - The Public Works Administration of Montenegro is currently implementing projects worth about 15 million EUR aimed at improving sports infrastructure. If investments completed over the past three years are included, the Government of Montenegro invested over 22 million EUR in sports, the Ministry of Sports and Youth and the Public Works Administration told CdM.

Recognizing the fact that individuals and sports teams need a quality working environment, and that children and youth require conditions for a healthy lifestyle, the Government demonstrated full commitment to the construction of adequate sporting infrastructure, which is today visible in whole Montenegro.

“One of the biggest sports projects is the new football stadium in Cetinje, which has been under construction. The Government of Montenegro, the Old Royal Capital Cetinje and the Football Federation of Montenegro are implementing this extremely important project that Cetinje and the whole Montenegro will be proud of. The value of the investment is 8.8 million EUR, while the Government will allocate around 4.4 million EUR for it through the Capital Budget,” the Public Works Administration and the Ministry of Sports and Youth announced.

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Reconstruction of the indoor swimming pool in Kotor is also one of their priorities.

Moreover, these two state bodies announced the construction of sports facilities in Rožaje-based Gymnasium and the Secondary Vocational School in the total value of 1.63 million EUR. The plan is to demolish the existing sports facility and upgrade it by constructing a new facility at an area of 1,500 square meters.

In addition, the public procurement procedure is underway for the reconstruction of the West Stand at the ‘Sutjeska’ stadium in Nikšić. This city will also get a new sports facility at the Faculty for Sport and Physical Education worth a total of 1 million EUR.

Other essential and already implemented projects are a new sports hall in Berane (opened at the end of last year), construction of a sports ground in Andrijevica, as well as the supporting football stadium with artificial turf in Žabljak.

Simultaneously, the Public Works Administration will continue with the opening of new sports construction sites following the Capital Budget of the Government of Montenegro.

The representatives of the Ministry of Sports and Youth of Montenegro have announced that the Ministry successfully implemented 27 out of 37 projects aimed at the improvement of sports infrastructure, while the remaining ten projects are in their final phase. Nearly 1.1 million EUR has been allocated for these projects.

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14 Oct 2019, 10:03 AM
October 14, 2019 - MM Shining sailing team led by skipper Milos Radonjic from JK "Lahor" Kotor completed this year's prestigious Barcolana Regatta in Trieste as first in class and second in the overall standings.
The winner of the 51st edition of Barcolana's longest-running international sailing regatta in the Gulf of Trieste is the crew of the Slovenian sailboat "Way of Life" by Slovenian Gasper Vincec.
Way of Life hit the finish in an hour and 54 minutes. The Slovenes beat the epic calm of the wind thanks to the extraordinary start. The "Shining" of Milos Radonjic's ultra-light hull made a remarkable result for the second day in a row, followed by Iskor Krumpak with the RC44 Scorpio.
Namely, on Saturday, the Montenegrin team triumphed at the Go to Barcolana regatta, from Portorož to Trieste, with 60 teams participating, which was the main sailing event, the 51st Balcolan, sailed by more than 2,600 sailboats.
It was sailed in almost windless conditions, so the final line of the regatta was shortened at the second buoy.
"World media commentators who have been monitoring the event throughout the day say that this success will surely be one of the most important news in small Montenegro, which ends this fantastic regatta behind the Slovenian ship Way of Life!" Iva Malešević.
The Shining crew's return to Montenegro is expected on Monday evening when a welcome party will be held in Kotor.
The Barcolana is a historic international sailing regatta taking place every year at the Gulf of Trieste on the second Sunday of October. The Barcolana is one of the busiest races in the world, which draws in the record number of participants - 2689 - in 2018. Thanks to its particular formula, the Barcolana is a unique event on the international sailing stage: on the very beginning line, expert sailors and sailing lovers race side by side on boats of different sizes divided into several divisions according to their overall length.
The Barcolana was founded in 1969 thanks to the initiative of the yacht club Società Velica di Barcola e Grignano. It has always taken place on the second Sunday of October to end the season of the yacht club, and therefore its full name is Barcolana Autumn Cup Regatta. During the first edition of the regatta, only 51 sailing boats from the yacht clubs of Trieste took part in the race. Year after year, the Barcolana has become more and more popular, attracting international crews and world-renowned sailors.
The Barcolana is not an event for sailors only, but it attracts the entire city of Trieste, attracting tourists from abroad. Every year about 25,000 sailors take part in the race, and more than 250,000 spectators watch the Barcolana from the Trieste seafront, known as the Riva, and from the Karst highland.
So, Shinning Team's success at the 51st Barcolana edition is an excellent promotion of Montenegro as a sailing country. Congrats to our sailors headed by Milos Radonjic!
11 Oct 2019, 01:50 AM

11 October 2019 - The Stadium of little sports (Montenegrin: Stadion malih sportova) in Podgorica, to the satisfaction of all citizens and sports enthusiasts, will soon get a completely new look. Reconstruction of the stadium is in progress and, as the representatives of the government of the Capital City announce, it will be completed by the end of the year.

Sneak Preview into Reconstruction Project Stadium of Little Sports in Podgorica

Podgorica's Construction and Development Agency launched a tender for the reconstruction of The Stadium of little sports, worth 550,000, EUR two days ago, announced the PR Office of the Mayor of Podgorica. The construction works, they explain, will include the reconstruction of a football and basketball playground, construction of a grandstand with a storage room for equipment and props, and the construction of an access path from the main gate to the playgrounds and grandstands. The works also include the necessary greening of the space.

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In addition to the funds earmarked by the Capital, the Football Federation of Montenegro will invest in the reconstruction of the Stadium of Small Sports in the amount of about 50,000 EUR.

Following the Detailed Urban Plan “Nova Varoš 2” from 2008, the plan of The Stadium of little sports in this area envisaged an urban plot for the construction of residential buildings. However, in May 2015, the Capital issued a Decision on drafting amendments to the planning document, with a guideline from the Spatial Urban Plan, as a higher-level plan, to convert the collective housing area into sports and recreation areas in the mentioned area. In this way, the Capital's position was clearly expressed that the premises of The Stadium of little sports do not have collective housing facilities, but that this space is treated as a sports and recreation zone.

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The Stadium of Little Sports is a multi-purpose stadium in Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro. It is located under the Gorica Hill, near the city centre. The stadium's total area is 6.686 square meters, and the municipality of Podgorica owns it. It serves as one of the leading concert venues in the city.

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The citizens of Podgorica, as well as the citizens of the country, hope that with this reconstruction, the stadium will regain its original purpose – hosting sports events and gathering people of all generations. They are looking forward to seeing children and adults playing handball and mini football like they used to in the past.

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03 Oct 2019, 21:34 PM

03 October 2019 - Unicaja Malaga showed its character by downing Buducnost VOLI Podgorica 83-70 at home in EuroCup Group D on Wednesday. Volodymyr Herun paced the winners with 19 points in less than 19 minutes and Josh Adams added 15 on 5-of-7 three-point shots for Unicaja. Scott Bamforth led Buducnost with 19 points and Justin Cobbs added 16. Bamforth had 11 first-quarter points to lead Buducnost to an 18-25 lead after 10 minutes. Carlos Suarez and Jaime Fernandez rescued Unicaja and Adams allowed the hosts to get a 48-42 margin at halftime. Unicaja led throughout the second half and took off midway through the fourth quarter to seal the outcome.

Suad Sehovic got Buducnost going with a three-pointer and a layup by Bamforth soon gave his team a 2-5 lead. Unicaja found a go-to guy in Herun, who singlehandedly gave the hosts their first lead, 9-7. Herun kept pacing Unicaja, scoring 12 points in the opening 6 minutes for a 14-9 margin. Bamforth struck from downtown, igniting a 0-12 run in which Cobbs had 7 points, good for a 14-21 lead. Bamforth remained unstoppable, leading the visitors to an 18-25 margin after 10 minutes. Carlos Suarez and Alberto Diaz each nailed a triple to make it 24-27 early in the second quarter. Nikola Ivanovic and Hassan Martin stepped up for Buducnost, but Frank Elegar, Fernandez and Suarez fueled an 11-0 run that put Unicaja in charge, 35-31. Aleksa Avramovic took over with a backdoor layup and Adams did better with back-to-back three-pointers for a 43-35 Unicaja cushion.

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Ivanovic and Cobbs tried to change things for Buducnost, but Fernandez and an unstoppable Adams kept Unicaja in charge, 48-42, at halftime. Herun and Fernandez scored around the basket soon after the break and another triple by Adams made it a double-digit game, 55-45. Adams hit his fifth shot, getting help from Deon Thompson and Diaz to keep Unicaja way ahead, 63-51. Martin and Bamforth brought Buducnost a bit closer, 67-59, after 30 minutes. A three-pointer by Danilo Nikolic gave the visitors hope at 69-62 with 7 minutes left. Waczynski answered from downtown, igniting a game-breaking 12-0 run which Herun capped with a layup that sealed the outcome, 81-62, long before the final buzzer.

Adams blew up the game with his shots from downtown; he hit 3 of them late in the first half to put Unicaja ahead for good and added 2 more after the break to ignite the crowd. Adams finished the game with 15 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 fouls drawn and a performance index rating of 15 - all in his first-ever EuroCup game.

Buducnost managed to get within 69-62 with 7 minutes left and Unicaja was struggling on offense. Waczynski and Diaz each hit a three-pointer in a 12-0 run that helped the hosts put the victory on ice. The great fourth-quarter defense made it possible, too - Unicaja allowed 11 points in the final 10 minutes.

Three-point shots and its overall aggressiveness allowed Unicaja to win the game. Unicaja hit 10 of 29 three-pointers (34.5%) and limited Buducnost to just 4 of 17 (23.5%). Unicaja won in offensive rebounds (12-9), steals (7-3) and blocks (3-2). The game went to the team that wanted it more.

For the second time in three EuroCup campaigns, Unicaja opened the regular season against Buducnost. Back on October 19, 2016, Unicaja downed Buducnost 62-86 in Podgorica behind 19 points from Jamar Smith. Unicaja went on to win the EuroCup title that season. Suarez, Waczynski and Diaz played that game and are still with the team.

Both teams return to EuroCup action on Wednesday, October 9. Unicaja visits Adecco Arka Gdynia in what will be a very special game for Polish swingman Adam Waczynski. Later that evening, Buducnost hosts Dolomiti Energia Trento.

Source: EuroCup 7Days News

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30 Sep 2019, 11:34 AM
September 30, 2019 - The Austrian Christian Phann and his crew aboard the sailing ship Vento Cadela are the winners of the 7th Thousand Islands Race. The first stage of the regatta was already the slowest among the seven issues of the competition. According to the forecast, the second promised to be even slower, which happened at the end.
The second leg departed from Porto Montenegro on Thursday, September 26, under 2-3 knots, just enough to slowly pull the fleet out of the Bay of Kotor in the hope that the wind will intensify around Dubrovnik. Along the whole route, the ships did not exceed the speed of 6-7 knots, and the entire stage passed in competing in patience and in the skill to find wind under challenging conditions. The Austrian Vento Cadela, the Slovenian Macropus and the Slovakian Lucia X were alternately leading, no further than one nautical mile along the whole route.
The thrill of the Thousand Islands Race is the variety of courses crews can choose from over a thousand Adriatic islands. Macropus' choice to pass south of the island of Molat initially gave him significant leadership, while Lucia X and Vento Cadela passed from the north. However, after a short while, Macropus broke into the calm, and Lucia X and Vento Cadela overtook him. From there, all three ships fought for every gust of wind until reaching their destination in Rijeka.
Eventually, all three entered the port of Rijeka together with a light southern breeze. Lucia X first crossed the finish line after more than 77 hours of racing, just 47 seconds ahead of Macropus. Vento Cadela followed after 4 minutes and 20 seconds, which was enough to win the second stage of the regatta in the corrected time.
Thus, Vento Cadela is the winner of each stage and the overall winner of the 7th edition of the Thousand Islands Race. Macropus, who had been second and twice third in previous editions of the regatta, added another place to his trophies. Last year's winner of the Lucia X Regatta finished third.
Since the wind was fragile throughout the whole second stage, the Montenegrin crew aboard Sofia realized they would not be able to cross the finish line until the extended time limit on Monday, September 30 at 4 am. So, they have decided to end their sailing to Rijeka by a motor drive.
Despite the demanding conditions of this year's regatta or just because of them, crews did not hide their pleasure and excitement and announced that they would return next year to the 8th Thousand Islands Race, which will be held from September 17 to September 27, 2020.
26 Sep 2019, 11:06 AM

September 26, 2019 - The first leg of 7th Thousand Islands Race that started at noon on Sunday from the Rijeka Harbour on a 278 NM long course to the finish line at the marina Porto Montenegro in Tivat could, in short, be described as: „from lull to lull“. However, between two calms at the start and the finish, there was everything that makes offshore racing interesting and demonstrates why this is one of the most beautiful race courses nature designed. Fleet not numerous but profoundly international consisting of crews from Austria, Croatia, Great Britain, Hungary, Montenegro, Slovakia and Slovenia.

The hope that many sailors wanted the bura (NE) in Rijeka before the regatta to stay proved to be wishful thinking and tradition of starting in light wind prevailed.

Optimistic was the prognosis calling for jugo (SE) over almost the entire course the first two days into the race, meaning a lot of close-hauled sailing and longer routes. However, as long as there is wind, the sailors are happy. The boat speeds that could be traced on the Internet in real-time more significantly increased only after passing island Rab.

The forecasted jugo reached 15 knots with gusting 20 knots. In the first part of the race, three teams retired. The first one was due to the mast falling down of the Austrian Sayg I, the only multihull competing, with luckily no injured crew members. This meant that the end of the race for them was Punat.

A crew member of Austrian Abracadabra required medical assistance, forcing her to stop in Biograd. The bad news continued and Croatian Mowgli lost its mast at Žirje island and forced them to retire. Mowgli, luckily without any injury to the crew, first called at Kapri island and next morning continued to Tribunj.

Last year's winner Slovakian Lucia X with a Croatian crew ripped their foresail that required the crew to climb up the mast and needed to detour to find shelter to complete the repairs. This caused the loss of valuable time and the chance of good result on the first leg.  The rest of the fleet was sailing SE avoiding several local thunderstorms before jugo (SE) gave way in the middle Adriatic to forecasted tramontana (N) and northwesterly winds.

Four boats - Slovenian Macropus, Austrian Vento Cadela, Slovakian Lucia X and British Atame with an Italian crew on board were exchanging the lead. Hungarian Sunday Morning, the biggest in the fleet, was the only one choosing the course close to the shore through the Zadar channel and north of Korcula and Mljet islands. Weather conditions almost ideal until Dubrovnik and Cavtat turned into a lull from the beginning of the story. Nearly all night from Tuesday to Wednesday before and after entry to the Bay of Boka Kotorska, the boats were crawling at a speed of 1-2 knots.

The first boats came close to finishing around six o'clock on Wednesday morning, but they needed more than three hours for the last few bouts of NM. Slovenian Macropus and Austrian Vento Cadela were match racing using every breath of the wind available. At the end, Macropus crossed the finish line first at 09:34:13 after more than 69 hours of racing, making this the slowest first leg in the history of the Thousand Islands Race. Austrian Vento Cadela with Christian Pfann at the helm crossed the line 12 minutes later, and that was enough to win the race under corrected time. It very soon became apparent that no other boat still racing could endanger their overall lead.

The long-lasting first leg caused the cancellation of Thousand Islands Race + 2 planned in Bay of Boka Kotorska for the layover between two legs. There will be almost no rest for Montenegrin Sofia that finished last because the start of the second leg follows soon – at noon on Thursday 26th September 2019.


19 Sep 2019, 11:17 AM
September 19, 2019 - The seventh edition of the sailing regatta Thousand Islands Race, which sails from Rijeka to Tivat and back, begins on Sunday at noon. The regatta runs between more than 1000 Adriatic islands, with sailors highlighting it's the course the one of the best that nature can design for navigation regattas. The only ship with Montenegrin flag- SY Sofia, set sail for Rijeka last night to be ready for launch, scheduled for Sunday, September 22 at noon.
The organizers of the Thousand Islands Race are YC Scor from Rijeka and Porto Montenegro Yacht Club, and a total of 10 teams have applied for the seventh edition of the two-stage competition. Among them is the YC Delfin crew from Tivat, led by skipper Jeremija Kurbanovic, who sails the Thousand Islands Race for the sixth time.
Since the start of the first leg is from Rijeka, for the only Montenegrin team this regatta has twice the challenge, because they have to sail the Adriatic four times in two weeks. SY Sofia, the ship with which under the name of Tatiana Delfin's sailors sailed the Thousand Islands Race for the first time in 2014, last night departed from Tivat with part of the crew to arrive in time to rest before the start of the competition.
The performance of the Delfin crew at the 7th Thousand Island Race supports  PMYC by paying the entry fee. The regatta starts on Sunday at noon; the deadline for arrival in Tivat is September 24. On September 25, the +2 Regatta Race will sail through the Boka Bay, after which the winners of the first stage of the competition will be announced. The start of the second part of the race towards Rijeka is scheduled for September 26 at noon.
The format of the regatta remains the same as in previous years. The race consists of two stages from which the sailors can choose to sail only the first leg, only the second or both parts with overall results. Sailing from Rijeka, the fleet leaves on its right side the islands of Unija, Susak, Premuda, Dugi Otok, Kornat, Vis, Lastovo, and Sveti Andrija and ends at the marina Porto Montenegro.
The 1000 Island + 2 Regatta, on Wednesday, September 25 in the Boka Kotorska aquatics is an ideal opportunity for all local sailors to compete in their home waters with international sailors. On the other hand, it has tourist significance as an excellent presentation of the Boka Bay to visiting sailors.
The records of both stages, recognized by the World Speed ​​Sailing Record Council, since 2015 holds the Hungarian Wild Joe with 27h 24m 5s in the first stage and an average speed of 10.14 KT, and 32h 45s in the second stage with an average speed of 8.86 KT. Each new issue of Thousand Islands Race is a new challenge for participants and an opportunity to enter the list of world sailing records.
13 Sep 2019, 10:48 AM
September 13, 2019 - The seventh edition of the Big Game Fishing Competition in Herceg Novi is scheduled for September 18-21. At the end of the high tourist season, 12 miles from the Boka Bay entrance, 20 teams with more than 100 participants will compete in one of the most popular sport fishing disciplines.
Big Game Fishing, which gathers lovers of fishing for big fish, extends the season in Herceg Novi. The competition has an international character and many visitors are coming to Herceg Novi, so all apartments are sold out in the area of the city port of Škver, said the president of Big Game Fishing Club Herceg Novi, Radojica Raco Gardašević.
"This year's edition will be the biggest tournament so far, with over 20 teams already registered. Participants come from Germany, Russia, France, Poland, Switzerland, and Serbia. Twelve teams from Montenegro were reported. Teams typically have 2 to 5 members, among them are experienced fishers and celebrities. Like every year, we expect famous faces from the world of business and public life to be among the participants," Gardasevic told Radio Jadran.
The ships will sail every morning from Škver City Harbor at 8 am, returning, all hoping for a good catch, around 6 pm.
The youngest fishermen have not been forgotten this year either, so the "Little Game Fishing" - a competition for the ages of seven to fourteen - was announced for September 21, from 10 am to 1 pm. A boat will take the children to Rose, where the competition will be held. For this purpose, hooks, hers, instructors, and sandwiches and refreshments will be provided. Parents are invited to join.
During the Big Game Fishing event, at the Jadran Restaurant, participants and guests have the opportunity to enjoy a music program each night, performed by musicians from the cities of Boka. On the first night, the Tivat ensemble Toć performs. The following evening, the acoustic duo of Đurđa and Kristijan from Kotor will take care of the good mood. The Low Voltage duo performs at the awards ceremony and the closing of the 7th Big Game Fishing.
The Herceg Novi City Music and Majorettes will celebrate the award ceremony at the Škver. All visitors will have the opportunity to observe the weighing of the catch and the announcement of the winners. That night dinner will traditionally be served not only for the participants of the tournament but also for all those who find themselves in Škver.
The tuna, swordfish, lampoon and albacore fishing competition is organized by the Big game fishing club Herceg Novi, the Montenegrin Sport Fishing Association and the Tourist Organization of Herceg Novi.
Source: Radio Jadran
11 Sep 2019, 12:59 PM
September 11, 2019 - The 52nd Balkan Sailing Championships ended with an awards ceremony held last night at the Porto Montenegro Marina. Montenegro can be proud of our national team results in the first big international competition organized for sports classes in our country. We won six medals - five gold and one silver.
The absolute heroes are Milivoj Dukic, Nikola Golubovic, and Danilo Joncic, winning the gold medals. Pavle Music and Viktor Lesjak were excellent in the Optimist class, reaching the gold group.  
The coach of the Montenegrin national sailing team and the manager of the 52nd Balkan Championship, Ilko Klakor, is delighted with the result of our national team, but also with the organization of the first major international regatta in our country. "We can be proud of the results and the organization itself. Everything was successfully performed, which is confirmed by the fact that all our guests are satisfied and leave smiling." Klakor thanked everyone who supported the organization of the Balkan Championship. "First of all, I would like to thank the volunteers - our children, who have endured the effort until the last day and have done a tremendous amount of work. We appreciate the help of the Municipality of Tivat, Utility Company, Water Supply, Tivat Tourist Organization, and all other institutions. They have done their part of the job most professionally, thus helping YC Delfin to organize this competition at a top-level," Klakor told Radio Tivat.
Among 105 competitors in the Optimist class, Dimitros Bitros from Greece won the gold. The silver medal went to Alexandros Piperakis, and the celebration of the Greeks completed Alexandros Joanidis, who deserved the third place. Stefan Yuill from Serbia was seventh, Pavle Music from Montenegro finished 16th.
And in the girls' competition, all three medals in the Optimist class went to Greece. Gold went to Elizabeth Ana Winters, silver to Kerkez Jacob, and bronze to Evangelia Karageorge.
But Turkey's Ozdemir belt is the first in the Optimist class of sailors up to 12 years old. The second is his compatriot Kustal Gounes Karkmaz, and the third is Joanis Turnis of Greece. Viktor Lesjak from Montenegro is 11th and his teammate Petar Klakor is 21st.
The gold medal in the open part of the competition in the Optimist Class won Dimitros Bitros from Greece; the silver went to Croatian, Josip Tafra. The third was Alexandros Piperakis from Greece.
montenegro golubovicNikola Golubović, Copyright: YC Delfin
Delfin's young competitor, Nikola Golubović won the gold medal in the Laser 4.7 class. The silver medal went to George Papadakos from Greece, and the bronze medal also went to Greece thanks to Jasanos Kefalonitis.
In the women's competition, the first place in the class Laser 4.7 won Sofia Rapti from Greece. Silver went to Ana Jovanovic from Serbia, her compatriot Kristina Color was third.
Nikola Golubovic from Montenegro won the gold medal in the open part of the competition in the Laser 4.7 class. The silver medal went to George Papadakos of Greece and the bronze to Jasanos Cephalonitis, also of Greece. Ana Jovanovic and Kristina Bojja from Serbia finished fifth and sixth respectively.
montenegro joncicDanilo Joncic, Copyright: YC Delfin
In the Laser Radial class, the first place and the gold medal won Danilo Joncic from Montenegro. The silver medal went to Nikolas Gikonis from Greece, and the third place and the bronze medal earned Maximilian Roska from Romania. Stefan Anđelić from Montenegro, who was second after the first day of the competition, finished the Balkan Championship in fourth place.
Romania's Ebru Bolat won the gold medal in the Laser Radial class, which is the women's Olympic class. The silver medal went to Mariela Nikolova of Bulgaria, while Amalia Prevalencia won the bronze medal from Greece. Ksenija Joksimovic from Serbia took fourth place.
In the open part of the competition in the Laser Radial class, the gold medal won Ebru Bolat from Romania. The second was Danilo Joncic from Montenegro, and, thanks to Nikolas Gikonos, the bronze went to Greece.
montenegro dukicMilivoj Dukic, Copyright: YC Delfin
In the Laser Standard class, Montenegrin Olympian Milivoj Dukic won first place and a gold medal. The silver medal won Aligizakis Leonidis from Greece, and Ivo Todorov from Bulgaria won bronze after a big mistake by Ilija Markovic, who had crossed at the start of the last regatta.  Disqualified for that reason, Ilija finished fifth in the Balkan Championship, although he almost had a medal in his hands. Nikola Banjac from Serbia was fourth.
Milivoj Dukic won the gold medal in the open part of the competition in Olympic class of Laser Standard. Silver went to Aligizakis Leonidis of Greece, while bronze went to Canada, thanks to Carim Filah. Bozidar Golubic from Croatia was fifth, Nikola Banjac from Serbia was sixth, and Ilija Markovic finished seventh.
The Balkan Sailing Championship is over, and thoughts are already turning to next summer when a new major international competition will be organized in Montenegro and Tivat. It is the European Championship for sailors under 21 in the Olympic classes Laser Standard and Laser Radial. European competition will be a new challenge for the Sailing Federation of Montenegro and the Sailing Club Delfin.
11 Sep 2019, 11:40 AM
September 11, 2019 - The International Road Cycling Tour of Montenegro 2019, organized by the Cycling Federation of Montenegro and sponsored by the Ministry of Sport, awaits us this weekend, from 13 to September 15.
The two-day competition includes two races "Grand Prix Kotor - Lovcen 2019", which is also the national championship of Montenegro in road cycling, and the traditional, third, one-day cycling race "Trophy Kuchi 2019".
The Tour of Montenegro 2019 will feature over 100 competitors from fifteen European countries, including England, France, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Macedonia, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, as well as the hosts of Montenegro. The organizer accepted the participation of a total of 12 teams with 70 competitors. Given that the race is also open to individual competitors, this figure will undoubtedly exceed the expected 100 cyclists at the start of the Tour of Montenegro 2019.
"The teams that will fight to win this year's Tour of Montenegro 2019 are coming from the region and the other European countries. TBW23 Stuart Hall Cycling Team from the UK is coming back after participating last year's international race Trophy Kuci 2018. Two teams are coming from Slovenia- the Bled Cycling Club and the Kranj Cycling Club. Roda - Sisak Cycling Club is representing Croatia, and from Bosnia and Herzegovina come two clubs - Herzegovina Team Mostar and Cycling Club Zmaj od Bosne - Tuzla. The units of the Partizan - Belgrade Cycling Club and the CCN Metalac Rolling Stone - Kraljevo Cycling Club come from Serbia, and the Velo M Termalift - Kumanovo Cycling Club team from Macedonia. The UVT Devron West Cycling Team will represent Romania from Timisoara. We have two teams from our country - the Montenegrin National Team and a joint team of two Montenegrin cycling clubs, called Mix Team Džada - MFR Tempo," race director Sinisa Milidrag tells TMN.
The race will feature several national champions, with the most notoriously reported name being Dusan Rajovic. Until recently a member of the Slovenian Continental team Adria Mobil, Rajovic will ride next year for the French Pro Continental team Delko. At the Race Tour of Montenegro Rajovic will play in the jersey of the parent club CCN Metalac from Kraljevo.
The winner of last year's two-day bike race on Montenegrin roads "Trophy Kuci 2018", a member of the Macedonian Cycling Club Velo M Termalift, Andrei Petrovski, as well as two Slovenian national team members from Kranj, participants of the upcoming World Championship, will participate in the "Tour of Montenegro 2019".
"When it comes to the Montenegrin national team, we expect the best performance by Danilo Vukcevic and Demir Mulic, to be supported by the other members of the national team- Radosav Bezmarevic, Dragan Jasovic, Slobodan Milonjic, and Milos Vracar," says Sinisa Milidrag, noting that in addition to teams, individual competitors will perform.
The ceremonial opening of the "Tour of Montenegro 2019" cycling race is on September 13 at the Main City Gate in Kotor, starting at 2 pm.
On the same day, own chronometer on the route Kotor - Trojica - Krstac, in the category of seniors, juniors, juniors, and masters, in the men's and women's competition, runs in the race "Grand Prix Kotor - Lovcen 2019" and the national championship of Montenegro. 22 km long, starting at 4 pm
On the second day of the "Grand Prix Kotor - Lovćen 2019" cycling race, on September 14, a circular track, 30 laps, in the total length of 100.5 km, takes place in the Kotor Industrial Zone. The start of the second day of the primary race "Grand Prix Kotor - Lovcen 2019" is at noon. Also, on the same track, starting at 10 o'clock, there will be a road championship of Montenegro, in the men's and women's competition, in the categories seniors, juniors, juniors, masters, cadets, junior cadets, and pioneers.
On the next day, September 15, the program "Trophy Kuči 2019" will take place, which will be driven in the first part by the vineyard of the Plantaze company "13. July" and then to the Kuca Gorge, totaling 108 km. The opening is at 10 am, while the race start is scheduled for 11 am.
The organizers of the International Road Cycling Tour of Montenegro 2019 point out that the primary goals of organizing this prestigious international cycling event are the promotion of Montenegrin sport and its potential to athletes from fifteen European countries, as well as the promotion of cycling in Montenegro. It will be an opportunity for Montenegro to be once again promoted and internationally recognized as a tourist and sports destination. Next year, the Tour of Montenegro will be on the international cycling calendar, when it is expected to attract even more competitors, especially from Western Europe.
08 Sep 2019, 23:05 PM

September 8, 2019 - The 52nd Balkan Sailing Championship continues. After a rainy morning with no wind, the weather changed over the day in favor of sailors and organizers. The second day of the competition brought a lot of excitement. Three regattas in all classes were sailed.

After the fifth regatta since the start of the competition, in the Optimist class with 105 competitors divided into two starting groups, the first place in the general standings is currently held by Dimitros Bitros from Greece. The second is Joseph Tafra from Croatia, and the third is Alexandros Joanidis from Greece. Since Tafra participates in the open part of the competition, Dimitris Surtatis, also from Greece, currently holds the third place in the Balkans competitor placement.
Among competitors from the region, Stefan Yuill from Serbia is seventh, Roko Cepic Zokic from Croatia is 11th, Pavle Music from Montenegro is 21st, and Andrej Bozoki from Serbia is 28th.
Elizabeth Ana Winter of Greece holds the leading position in the girls' competition of the Optimist Class. The second is Evangelia Karageorg from Greece, and the third is Kerkezu Jakovina, also from Greece. Of the sailors from the region, Croatia's Nina Marusic was ranked 50th, Nadja Vujosevic from Serbia 59th, while Romina Rackovic from Montenegro was 75th.
Kustal Güneş Karkmaz from Turkey is the first in the Optimist class of sailors up to 12 years old. The second is Ali Ozdemir, also from Turkey, and the third is Theodoropoulos George from Greece.
Montenegro's Viktor Lesjak is currently ranked 13th, his teammate Petar Klakor is 20th.
Nikola Golubovic from Montenegro maintained his leadership position in the Laser 4.7 class after the second day of the competition. In second place is Jorogos Papadakos from Greece and in third place is his compatriot Jasanos Kefalonitis.
In the women's competition, the first is Ana Jovanovic from Serbia; the second is Sofia Rapti from Greece, the third is Kristina Color from Serbia. Montenegro's Anja Lucic is seventh, Serbia's Petra Buljovcic is eighth.
In the Laser Radial class Ebru Bolat from Romania takes first place, Nikolas Gionis from Greece takes second place, and Maximilian Roska from Romania takes third place. Montenegro's Danilo Joncic is sixth, his national teammate Stefan Andjelic is eighth, while Serbia's Ksenija Joksmovic is ninth.
Among the girls, in the general placement, the leading position holds Ebru Bolat from Romania. The second is Mariela Nikolova from Bulgaria, the third is Amalia Prevelengiu from Greece, and the fourth is Ksenija Joksimovic from Serbia.
In the Olympic class for sailors Laser Standard, Montenegrin Olympian Milivoj Dukic retained first place after the second day. The second is Karim Filah from Canada, the third is Aligizakis Leonidis from Greece, and the fourth is Elijah Markovic from Montenegro. Ilija Markovic is third in the Balkan countries competition. Nikola Banjac from Serbia is sixth, and Bozidar Golubic from Croatia is seventh in the overall standings.
The Balkan Sailing Championship continues on Monday when three regattas are scheduled.
Source: Sport Klub
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