Fourteen young athletes from various sports associations in Montenegro gathered with the goal of enhancing their intercultural competencies and promoting cooperation among youths in sports. Interactive workshops and lectures were designed and led by experienced trainers and experts in youth work, Elvira Hadžibegović-Bubanja and Admir Hadžibegović, who provided the young athletes with the knowledge and understanding needed to bridge cultural differences and work together effectively towards their common sporting goals.
The opening remarks were delivered by the Head of RYCO Local Branch Office in Montenegro, Edin Koljenović, Deputy Head of the OSCE Mission to Montenegro, Siv-Katrine Leirtroe, and the Director of the Directorate for Sports, Zoran Jojić.
Edin Koljenović welcomed participants and highlighted that he is particularly pleased that this Camp is the fifth youth sports camp on the topic of “Intercultural Competences in Sports”, that RYCO Local Branch Office in Montenegro traditionally organizes in collaboration with the OSCE Mission to Montenegro and the Ministry of Sports and Youth.
The Director of the Directorate for Sports in Montenegro, Zoran Jojić, expressed his appreciation for the successful collaboration between the Directorate, RYCO, OSCE, and sports associations, which aims to help young people reach their full potential while fighting against xenophobia, discrimination, stereotypes, and prejudices.
On the last day of the camp, Edin Koljenović used the opportunity to present RYCO work and its activities to participants, motivating young athletes to participate in various local and regional programs, and encouraging them to connect with their peers from all around the Western Balkans.