12 Dec 2018, 12:46 PM

December 12, 2018 - The Morača Sports Center has been turned into a multifunctional energy-efficient facility, and thanks to new lighting, it is expected to save 80% of energy, according to the UNDP office in Montenegro, which supported the project of energy efficiency with 65,000 euros.

Ana Pajević Tošić from UNDP said that the renovated sports facilities include restoring the large hall, and the complete reconstruction of locker rooms, club offices, media conference rooms, medical rooms, massage rooms, and other accompanying rooms.

In SC "Morača", according to Pajević Tosic, according to the current standard and most modern solutions, a new VIP salon was built.

"Architects who worked on the project tried to limit the carbon footprint of the Sports Center, and make new and old sports facilities more energy efficient. This part of the project was supported by UNDP to help improve the conditions for the development of Montenegrin sport, all following the Law on Energy Efficiency, Global Environmental Change, IOC recommendations, and EU standards."

Through part of the reconstruction related to the energy efficiency of the building, the center received new lighting, and according to Pajević Tosić, electrical installations, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and hydraulic network have also been restored. 

"The project has enabled the replacement of 108 classical bulbs with 52 new LEDs, as well as the installation of supporting equipment, i.e., lighting management system, which will contribute to reducing the cost of electricity and simplifying the management and control system." 

SC "Moraca" is said to be almost the most energy-demanding sports building in Montenegro. New highly efficient LED lighting will save up to 80 percent of energy compared to old traditional bulbs. Also, annually, 80,000 kWh of electricity will be saved, and CO2 emissions will be reduced by 94.1 t - which will even lower maintenance costs.

Text by Damira Kalac, on December 10th, 2018, read more at Vijesti

11 Dec 2018, 14:17 PM

December 11, 2018 - Buducnost Voli created unexpected drama for the fans, though the night ended on a good note. The champion of the ABA League entered their eighth victory in the tenth round and was better than Mega Bemax (91:85). 

Buducnost Voli was mostly powerless for more than 20 minutes but then realized that there is no place for joking around against Dejan Milojevic's young team.

In the end, they were rewarded for their reaction, although they were minus 15 points in the first half and minus 14 in the second half.

Erl Clark scored 20 points and was the most deserving for the triumph, while Nemanja Gordic scored 16, Koti Clark added 16, and Edwin Jackson 13.

Aleksandar Dzikic's team opened the match miserably, and for the first 20 minutes, they played the opponent's rhythm, led by the phenomenal Goga Bitadze. The center from Georgia scored 19 points in the first half, had four rebounds, two blocks, and two assists.

He finished the match with 23 points, while Montenegrin national player Ognjen Carapic scored 12, with six assists and four steals.

With this victory, Buducnost is only behind Red Star, who is 10-0.

BUDUĆNOST VOLI - MEGA BEMAKS 91:85 (21:31, 20:20, 30:18, 20:16)

Podgorica - SC Hall "Morača". Spectators: 2.543. Referees: Nedovic, Spendl (both from Slovenia), Porobic (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

Budućnost Voli: Džekson 13 (5-5), Su. Šehović 6 (2-1), E. Klark 20 (1-1), Barović, K. Klark 14 (4-4), Se. Šehović 4, Starovlah, Gordić 16 (3-3), Z. Nikolić, Omić 6 (2-2), Popović 9 (4-3), D. Nikolić 3.

Mega Bemaks: Janjić 3, Marjanović 2, Ratkovica 2, Ašćerić 6, Mišković 14, Čarapić 12 (2-1), Atić, Bitadze 23 (5-3), Koprivica, Mokoka 11 (1-1), Fundić 12, Stanić.

Text by A.H., on December 10th, 2018, read more at Vijesti


06 Dec 2018, 23:23 PM

06 December 2018 - In recent years, healthcare has become one of the fastest growing sectors in the world. The wellness and fitness industry is flourishing worldwide and these aspects of life are gaining popularity in Montenegro as well. According to research in this field, physical fitness (being fit), as a state of health and well-being, is achieved through proper nutrition, moderate-vigorous physical exercise, and sufficient rest. Montenegrin citizens are slowly gaining more insight on the aspect that regular workout routine helps to counter the side-effects of hectic urban lifestyle, reduce stress, anxiety and depression and other diseases that negatively affect health.

Two women, who moved from abroad to Montenegro, recently launched an exciting project in Herceg Novi. Esma Cerinan Otović (28) and Sule Kadan Turkel (45) founded an association that brings together women of different profiles (age, profession, descent) but still linked by the desire to spend their free time healthily and beneficially.

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As these two women entrepreneurs stated in an interview with local News Portal “Radio Jadran”, Fit Woman Montenegro is a community that is free and open to all women of Herceg Novi, Bay of Kotor and beyond, who see themselves in the “world of wellness and wellbeing”. The association has their door open for females who want to participate in various activities that contribute to making a person feel satisfied and healthy.

Esma Cerinan Otović explained that the Fit Woman Montenegro Society plans that every week, members of the association will gather at least two times, and she invited all interested women to join them if they want to. The planned activities include stretching and breathing exercises; recreational walks in different locations, visits to tourist and cultural sites, photo-trekking tours, indoor and outdoor sports activities, visits to ethno-villages and agricultural farms.

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Fit Woman Montenegro represents a Wellness & Well-being Community for Women with the primary goal to encourage members to lead an active, social and healthy life.

"The membership to our community is free for all women. We want to encourage each other to lead an active, healthy, social life. Come and share your time with us, "they said from the Fit Woman Montenegro Association, inviting all interested to follow them on Instagram and Facebook.

06 Dec 2018, 22:10 PM

06 December 2018 - In a defensive-minded game that was decided in the final minutes, Budućnost took down Barcelona in Day 11 of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague competition.

After defeating CSKA Moscow in Podgorica, Montenegro, Budućnost VOLI picked up another impressive victory against FC Barcelona Lassa, 67-64 to improve to 3-8 on the year and win its third straight home game.

The game was decided in the final two minutes of regulation, as after 37′, the teams were tied at 59. Generally, throughout the four quarters of the contest, no team managed to go up by double-digits. Nemanja Gordić was the difference for the hosts. His back-to-back three-pointers put the hosts in the driving seat, 62-59. Barcelona missed three straight possessions, as Earl Clark came up with a huge defensive play, and on the other end, scored with Edwin Jackson’s first field goal (64-59).

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And while Clark rejected Kevin Pangos with 25 seconds remaining, Gordić’s foul sent Chris Singleton to the free-throw line, and he made it a one-point game, 65-64. On the other end, Jackson made both free throws for the hosts and at the buzzer, Hanga’s shot to force overtime was off. Clark also affected the game to a large extent, with his defensive presence, three blocks, and 12 points.

Minutes after the end of the game, Aleksandar Džikić was overload by the emotions, but remained humble: “We were just lucky. They were the better team. We just jumped them a little bit. Every game is tough in the EuroLeague. We beat Barcelona, but I’m tired and not fully aware of what we just did,” he said.

The 30-year old, Gordić was crucial for the winners, especially down the stretch. Gordić finished the game with 12 points and five rebounds, but his clutch plays in the fourth quarter made the difference.

Both teams were struggling with their three-point shots in the first quarter, combining for just 1/15. Eventually, Barcelona with Thomas Huertel’s buzzer-beating lay-up led by a single point (14-15). The hosts competed excellently with Barca in the first half, playing tight defence and holding the opposition to just 33 first-half points. At the break, Svetislav Pešić’s squad led by two, in a low-scoring affair (31-33).

Adam Hanga was making plays on both ends of the court for the visitors, but the mid-third quarter, the Spanish team could not take advantage of Hanga’s play nor Buducnost’s turnovers (38-39).

Read more about the game here.

06 Dec 2018, 12:43 PM

December 6, 2018 - After the big win over Turkey, the Montenegrin basketball players have come closer to placing in the World Cup, and at the moment, their trip to China is in their hands.

By the end of the qualification round, Zvezdan Mitrovic's team will play two more matches, against Ukraine away, and then at home against Latvia.

These two victories would surely take Montenegro to the World Cup for the first time.

After nine matches, Montenegro has five victories and four defeats, just like Ukraine and Latvia, their direct rivals for the third-place battle that leads to the World Cup. 

In the next round, Montenegro will visit Ukraine. In the first part of the qualifications, Montenegro defeated Ukraine.

Latvia could also help Montenegro. If they win Spain, who have already qualified for the World Cup, then Montenegro could lose in Ukraine with more points, and defeat Latvia in the last round to go to the World Cup. 

If Latvia loses to Spain and Montenegro wins in Ukraine, then they could lose by eight points to Latvia at home because they defeated the same rival by nine points.

There are many scenarios, but it is essential that Zvezdan Mitrovic and his team stay at the top until the end. 

The decisive matches are scheduled for February 22nd in Ukraine, which is three days after Montenegro plays against Latvia.

Text by CdM, on December 3rd, 2018, read more at CdM

02 Dec 2018, 23:27 PM

01 December 2018 - The Municipality of Budva, in cooperation with the Tourist Organization Budva, has provided an outdoor gym and exercise space for citizens of Budva, located near the swimming pool on the Slovenian beach.

Assistant Secretary of the Secretariat for Municipal Housing Affairs, Aleksandar Popović, said that the entire training center will be completed by the end of the day.

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Popović said that they took care that the devices that were installed for the outdoor gym were of the highest possible quality.

"The appliances are made in America and Denmark, and every part of the device is made of aluminum and a special kind of stainless steel, which is resistant to seawater and does not require special maintenance," said Popović.

He pointed out that special devices for people with disabilities were also provided so that wheelchairs can access and perform certain exercises.

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In addition to this gym, the Municipality will make three more outdoor gyms at the following locations: near the "red building", in the village of Beli Do, and on the central part of Bečići beach.

These three venues will be completed within two weeks.

The building of this outdoor gym was discussed during the summer, while the ground works were finished in the August. The total value of the project is estimated at 30.000 EUR. Read more information about outdoor gym in Budva here.

02 Dec 2018, 13:04 PM
December 2, 2018 - Skiing in Montenegro started at the end of the 19th century when a Norwegian officer brought skis to the Montenegrin capital of Cetinje and showed local people that their glorious mountain of Lovcen could be suitable for this sport that had never been considered here before.
Montenegro is traditionally associated with the summertime, but it is also a very popular ski destination, considering skiing in Montenegro is mainly based in beautiful areas of national parks. The most famous resorts of Montenegro are Kolasin and Zabljak. These are the perfect places to rest and play sports in the open, far from the noises of civilization. Although National Park Lovcen was the first ski destination in Montenegro, ski facilities are still weak and suitable mainly for children and less experienced adults.

Skiing in Montenegro - who brought it, and when?

By the end of 1892, in Austro-Hungarian Kotor, a young Norwegian officer, an adventurer, and traveler to unknown regions came. He was located at the hotel "Graz" and immediately began to inquire about the hunting grounds and mountain part of Montenegro. Locals took away his idea because it was a fierce winter. Still, they did not manage to poke. At the beginning of January 1893, Henrik found a young and strong guide, a certain Jovo, who organized a wagon that would carry his luggage and climbed trails with horseshoe serpentines from Kotor to Njegusi. His Montenegrin ski adventure, Henrik described later in the travel book "Skiing through Montenegro," which is a true bibliophilic rarity.
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At Njegusi, Angel rested in the home of his guide Jovan. As it was customary in Montenegro then, where strangers rarely visited, the curious inhabitants of Njegusi came to Jovo's house, mostly seen people, worthy to be presented to one foreign officer. And nothing surprised them as a pair of first-time skiers; they did not know what could be done.
Immediately in the morning, on a hill covered by snow, in front of the locals, the Norwegian demonstrated standing on skis and then slammed down the slope. The observers were delighted.
The Montenegrins would not be who they are today if they did not want to try this immediately. There were falls, laughs, but for a short while, a few young men from Njeguši managed to get down the valley on skis.
Unfortunately, to the people of Njegusi, Henrik Angel continued his travel to Cetinje where had an opportunity to test his skills on skis down the slope. He would walk down the hill and wait for his companions. One young man who noticed a strange odor ran to the then editor of "Voice of Montenegrin" and said, "I saw the devil himself descend on the boards down the mountain, and there is snow left behind..." That was probably the first media report on skiing in Montenegro.
The first acquaintance with Cetinje a young Norwegian established with a French Counselor at the Montenegrin Court. His new friend explained many details about Montenegro to Henrik, including its famous history, customs and the lives of local people.
In his book "Skiing through Montenegro," Henrik Angel argues that Montenegrins are the true masters of the sport, and it was most surprising that he saw an attractive ice rink in Cetinje, one of only a few in Europe at the time. He claims that his acquaintances knew how to use a ball, were excellent runners, and knew other sports as well.
He described them as robust, slim and durable people. "I could not reach them when they went climbing up a mountaintop..."
He also described a competition that took place once a year and that the winner did not receive any prizes, but until next year he was an idol in his area. All these Spartan competitions Angel had experienced in Montenegro three years before the first Olympic Games held in Athens.

Skiing in Montenegro was Immediately supported by Prince Nikola

When the prince Nikola of Montenegro came to the strange tourist who was flying on the decks in the snow, he called him to the courtyard, and then came out on one slope to see Angel’s skill on the skis. The Prince was so enthusiastic that he had ordered ten ski pairs from Vienna to be delivered immediately for his officers. He then ordered tribal captains of Montenegro to get acquainted from Norway with all parts of his country.
Angel carried out several passes before the locals, who were so enthusiastic that the local carpenter of Niksic had made the first pair of skis only one day after Angel’s performance in his town. These were the first skis made in Montenegro. And the skiing school established by Angel and his French friend was the first ski club in Balkans.
In the Central Library at Cetinje, there is a rare copy of the book “Skiing through Montenegro,” written by Norwegian officer Henrik Angel, who brought the first skis to our country.  After his departure, skis and skiers could be seen in many places in Montenegro.
01 Dec 2018, 01:59 AM

30 November 2018 - Olympiacos Piraeus was too strong for Budućnost VOLI in Round 10 of the 2018/19 EuroLeague regular season. The team from Podgorica suffered a defeat with the result of 92:70, after the Greek giant increased their pace in the third quarter of the game, scoring 32 points.

Budućnost stood up against their opponent in the first quarter, producing some big plays to score, and even managing to create an advantage of 13:10. Still, the Olympiacos' players demonstrated true team play on the court, overpowering the “Blue Team” from Montenegro with the score 25:20.

At the start of the second quarter, Budućnost showed its persistence, securing new points for a minor advantage over the Greeks (26:25). However, Olympiacos responded with a nine-point series again to reverse the result. Olympiacos increased the pace in the third quarter, scoring 32 points - 76:51. At that moment, luck turned its back for Budućnost, and it was clear that the Greek team would score the win.


In the last quarter, the advantage of the home team was only growing, but Budućnost managed to alleviate the defeat by the end of the match - 90:72.

The best player of the game was Zach LeDay (Olympiacos), who scored 28 points, with a 9/11 field goals made, eight rebounds and the Performance Index Rating of 42. In the “Blue Team” from Podgorica, Earl Clark scored 15 points; Nemanja Gordić 14 points, while Edwin Jackson finished the game with 12 points.

This was the eighth defeat for Budućnost VOLI, who managed to win two games in the EuroLeague. The match against Budućnost marks the sixth victory for the Greeks.

The next match for Budućnost VOLI is against Barcelona, on December 6th.

28 Nov 2018, 01:44 AM
November 28, 2018 - YC Delfin Tivat announced some great news recently- apart from the fact they’ve gained another chance to organize the Balkan Sailing Championship next year in September, a few days ago Delfin was confirmed to be the host of the European Sailing Championships for Laser Standard and Laser Radial up to age of 21 in summer of 2021! 
In the Maritime Heritage Collection Porto Montenegro, a retrospective exhibition of the YC Delfin speaks the great story of decades of enthusiasm leading a small group of sailing lovers from beginners to winners. The inauguration ceremony was preceded by awarding the most successful contestants to the Tivat Day regatta, which sailed last weekend. To see the results, jump to the Montenegrin Sailing Association website. 
The exhibition named “Navigare Necesse Est” is a retrospective of photographs, documents, cups, medals, as well as the designs and portions of the famous sailing ships constructed within the Shipping Society Delfin Tivat, later the YC Delfin, which writes its history since it was established in 1951.
The exhibition's head, coordinator of the Maritime Heritage Collection, Dražen Jovanovic, said that Delfin, being one of the most prolific Tivat clubs, has also been the bearer of the tradition and culture of this city's life for decades. Jovanovic recalled the great sailing ships Suton and Crnogorka, their creators and pioneers of Tivat sailing, but also the fact that Delfin's history is young when you look at the successes and perspectives of today's sailors of the club.
On behalf of the club, the audience was welcomed by the president, Frano Tripović, who among other things said: "The YC Delfin is not just a sports club but an informal educational club, and in this sense, apart from sports, has a very distinctive ecological and cultural component. We will work in the administration to expand and improve all of our capabilities. We came to organize the Balkan Championships next year in the fall, as well as the European Championship Race for the Laser Standard class up to 21 years, which will sail in 2021 in Tivat. The same facts say that sailing in Boka is very much alive and that besides the fact that we around the world, the world comes to us. Sailing in Boka Bay is a great, strong and positive story. As this exhibition’s name says- sailing is a necessity, so I invite everyone to come, to sail and to socialize with us," said Tripovic.
The exhibition officially opened by the President of the Tivat Municipality, Siniša Kusovac: "The club's history lies in the presented documents, proving the great club’s history for decades. The value of every sports club and every organization is reflected in the number of youth, the number of children. The YC Delfin attracts more and more children of this town every year. I particularly welcome them and congratulate them for choosing sailing because it is a sport that develops emotional and cognitive abilities of young people. It's one of the most demanding sports." Kusovac emphasized that the Tivat Municipality supports not only YC Delfin but also all the sports collectives of the city. He promised full support of local self-government in the organization of theBalkans Championship, as well as the European Championship regattas. "This is something that needs us to support and invest in it, that is something that is a true value," said Kusovac and declared the exhibition officially open.
Delfin has somehow symbolically returned to its place of birth, because in the Arsenal sawmills, today the Maritime Heritage Collections, the coral reefs and other parts for the first Delfin’s sailing ships were made, in the introductory speech marked the coordinator of the Maritime Heritage Collection Dražen Jovanović. He pointed out that this is the first, but indeed not the last, event organized by the Collection with YC Delfin. Porto Montenegro's PR Kristina Skanata has added that this “shore cooperation” comes as a logical continuation of years-long successful cooperation of local sailing club and this company at sea. 
The club's history is getting longer every day. The best club competitors, in the company of the coach Ilija Klakor, left today for Split to do some training before the next competition, scheduled in Pula for the following weekend. There is a lot of work, but also a lot of success, marks the club's secretary, Aleksandra Janičić, who just came back from the European Sailing Federation technical meeting: 
"At the General Assembly of the European Association for the Olympic Class Laser (EurILCA), which was held in Warsaw last weekend, Delfin was awarded the European Championships. In the competition of Italy and Greece, Montenegro and Tivat received 13 of 24 votes, and the race for the best sailors of the Old Continent up to 21 years old, in Olympic classes will be organized in Tivat in 2021. There is no dilemma that the European championship organization will be of immense importance for the promotion of sailing in Montenegro, as well as for the promotion of Montenegro as a tourist destination. Tivat and Montenegro will be the organizers of the 52nd Balkan Sailing Championships next year, which will be a truly spectacular bait and a great overture for the European championship that will follow," Aleksandra said.
16 Nov 2018, 14:12 PM

November 16, 2018 - Aleksandar Dzikic, the Buducnost coach, did not celebrate the ABA League title, so he calmly awaited the first Euro league celebration.

Buducnost Voli defeated Baskonia 99:84 in the seventh round of this prestigious competition.

"Baskonia is a big team that made us hit our borders. We won, that's the most important thing," Dzikic said.

Buducnost broke the Euro league record by the number of three shots - 21 shots from the line 6.75 were scored.

“We were scattered all around. We hit some goals in last second, and I am a better coach when we hit these shots," said Džikić.

Edwin Jackson was the most effective. 

"Edwin is a player who is a beast when he is confident. What I liked most was that the teammates saw he was ready to receive balls, and that's progress," said Dzikic.

"Every player needs self-confidence, and we had some tough moments and matches, this was our best game so far. When we do not lose the ball, when we have only a few mistakes, we can do good things," said Dzikic.

The energy was high during the entire match. 

"I think the team deserved the applause for fighting and for their energy. The fact that some disagree with that, that's fine, everyone has the right to their own opinion," Dzikic said.

Buducnost had many problems in preparing for the match, as Omić and Danilo Nikolic entered the game without training. The pressure, after six defeats, was great.

"We create the greatest pressure for ourselves because we are not here 'just for fun'. If we were here 'just for fun', nothing would hurt us," he said.

Text by Vijesti sport, on November 15th 2018, read more at Vijesti 

13 Nov 2018, 03:49 AM

12 November 2018 - On the occasion of the Jubilee 70 years since the founding of the Athletic Federation of Montenegro and 135 years of athletics in Montenegro, the Municipality of Pljevlja has won a Golden Plaque for the development of athletic sport in both Pljevlja and Montenegro. The Golden Plaque, as the highest recognition of the Athletic Federation of Montenegro, is awarded to individuals or organizations for many years of work and special results in the improvement of athletic sport as well as an exceptional contribution to increasing the reputation of Montenegro and Montenegrin athletics in the country and abroad.

The award ceremony will be held on November 17, 2018 (Saturday) at 12:00 PM in the Millennium hall at the Ramada Hotel in Podgorica.

The ceremony will be attended by President of the European Athletic Federation Svein Arne Hansen, Vice President of the European Athletic Federation and President of the Balkan Athletic Federation Dobromir Karamarinov, Presidents of Athletic Federations of countries from the region: Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Albania and Kosovo, Minister of Sport of Montenegro Nikola Janović, President of the Montenegrin Olympic Committee, Dušan Simonović, as well as numerous prominent athletic officials.

In addition to the municipality of Pljevlja, the Golden Plaque will be given to the Athletic Club "Rudar" and its coaches Budimir Jestrović and Slaviša Vraneš.

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