Olympic Movement in former Yugoslavia

After WWII, the development of sports in Yugoslavia was heavily supported and regulated by the state and this resulted in establishment of the country as a powerhouse in a number of team sports worldwide and school sport (education through sport from kindergarten to the university sport) in general terms. Yugoslav stakeholders at that time were fully aware of the situation in the global arena of international relations, which could be described by Orwell skepticism:

“I am always amazed when I hear people saying that sport creates goodwill between the nations, and that if only the common people of the world could meet one another at football or cricket, they would have no inclination to meet on the battlefield. Even if one didn’t know from concrete examples (the 1936 Olympic Games, for instance), that international sporting contests lead to orgies of hatred, one could deduce it from general principles.”[1]

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