ZAGREB, Dec 21 (Hina) – After being welcomed at Zagreb airport, the bronze medallist national women’s handball team was received at the National and University Library by President Zoran Milanovic, Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandrokovic, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, and Tourism and Sports Minister Nikolina Brnjac.
Milanovic underscored that the handball team played intelligently. “If I were to compare that to Greek mythology, you would be something between Odysseus and Achilles. Neither the strongest nor the biggest but the best. You had against you Cyclopses who underestimated you. I noticed that that bothered you a lot. Considering I know the Danes, that doesn’t surprise me. They are combative and think that weight and size can outwit intelligence and dexterity,” said Milanovic.
“Thank you for the joy of the game because sport is first and foremost a game, a love, a passion and only then a state and a nation,” he added.
Jandrokovic said that the team brought some joy in these difficult times. “Your victory and success are all the greater because we didn’t expect them and there is nothing better in sport then when you are underestimated and arrive as an outsider and then achieve such a great result,” he underscored.
Plenkovic said that he followed their games with great pride.
“You have made all of Croatia proud. Thank you for a beautiful sport story. I am truly happy that the women’s national team has joined the success of men’s handball. Thank you once again and sincere congratulations,” said Plenkovic.
Minister Brnjac congratulated the team for this historic medal. “You have confirmed that athletes are our best and greatest ambassadors. This medal has brought us optimism and hope in these times,” said Brnjac, congratulating coach Nenad Sostaric and his associates.
Croatia won the bronze medal at the European Women’s Handball Championship in Denmark on Sunday after beating the hosts 25-19.
This is the first medal for the Croatian national women’s handball team in major competitions.
Croatia has not competed in world women’s handball championships since 2011.