Initiated by the conference of EAS held in Falun the Faculty launched the first activities related to the dual career of athletes. During the XXII International scientific conference „FIS COMMUNICATIONS 2019“ (17 – 19 October 2019) organized by the Faculty, a panel discussion with the topic “Dual career of athletes” was held.

Special guests of that panel discussion had been Dejan Savic, Head Coach of Serbian water polo national team and former water polo player, and Predrag Danilovic, president of the Basketball Federation of Serbia and former basketball player.

During his playing career, Dejan Savic won two Olympic bronze medals (Sidney 2000 and Beijing 2008) and one Olympic silver medal in Athens 2004. As a coach of the national team he won the 2016 Olympic Games, the 2015 World Championship, three European Championships (2014, 2016 and 2018), and six World League titles.
Predrag Danilovic also had a great sports career. With the national basketball team, Danilović won the gold medals at the the 1989 Euro Basket, 1991 Euro Basket, 1995 Euro Basket and the 1997 Euro Basket. He was also a member of the silver medal winning national team of Yugoslavia at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics. After his successful sports career he started to work as administrative staff. From 2007 to 2015 he served as the president of Basketball Team “Partizan” and from 2015 to present he is the president of Basketball Federation of Serbia.

During the panel discussion guests spoke about their experience related to the education of athletes, about the problems of managing educational duties and sports career duties, about the educational role of sport and possibilities of integration of athletes in common life activities and society after finishing sports career.

This panel discussion was one of the first activities in Serbia devoted to the dual career of athletes. Extensively discussion with a lot of questions from the audience are the certain clue that this field has potential for development in Serbia. Faculty of sport and physical education in Nis presented his role as a leader in the development of the dual career of athletes in Serbia with distance learning master studies program for athletes.

Report given by
Nenad Stojiljkovic

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