The Nova Stranka political party stated that “it is shameful that the Ministry of Youth and Sport has not paid the money into the account of the University Sports Federation, which is why Serbian athletes could not participate in the Universiade” (university student sports games).
The same party recalled that the Minister in charge of the funding, who is “himself an athlete”, should know better than anyone how much “effort is needed to prepare for such a competition” and how much “anger and disappointment his former colleagues now feel”.
According to Nova Stranka, this is just “an example of how the current regime treats athletes and young talents for whom they never have time or money, while the country is led by people with bought diplomas and fake doctorates”.
To remind, for the first time in history, Serbia did not participate in the Summer Universiade, which was held in Naples from 3rd to 14th July, and the reason was “lack of money”.
Although, at the previous University Games two years ago in Chinese Taipei, our athletes won four gold medals, this year Serbia was left without a single representative because the Ministry of Youth and Sports did not pay money into the account of the University Sports Federation of Serbia (USSS).
Even during the most severe sanctions in 1993, our athletes competed at the University Games in the USA, though not under the banner of Yugoslavia, but as “independent competitors”.
Students from as many as 119 countries competed in Naples this year in 18 sports and a total of 220 disciplines.
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