CROWN PRINCE EXTENDS CONDOLENCES TO GIGOVIC FAMILY AND
CONGRATULATES LATEST MEDAL WINNERS
Belgrade, 30 July 2007 – HRH Crown Prince Alexander II
extended his congratulations to latest medal winners for Serbia – the youth male
volleyball team for becoming Balkan Champion, to the youth male basketball team
for becoming the Champion of Europe and to the judo players who brought home
medals from the Balkan Senior Championship. However, these great events were
shadowed by the sad news of the death of volleyball player Aleksandar Gigovic,
to whose family the Crown Prince expressed deepest condolences.
The Crown Prince was very glad that Serbian youth volleyball
players have become the Balkan champions and have also won 3 individual awards,
including the MVP award for Nikola Vasic. However, the great news of the latest
medals have been shadowed by the tragic news, that 24 year old Aleksandar
Gigovic, a volleyball player from Radnicki, Kragujevac and member of the
University volleyball team of Serbia, has suddenly died on Saturday in Ivanjica.
In his letter to the president of the Volleyball Association
of Serbia, the Crown Prince emphasized: “It was with great sadness that my
family and I received news of the death of Aleksandar Gigovic, member of our
University National Team. This is a great loss for volleyball and a tragic loss
of a young life. My family and I extend our deepest condolences to the family of
this young sportsman. Destiny did not give him the opportrunity to enjoy with
all of us the winning of yet another gold medal for Serbia, which has become the
new Balkan champion thanks to his colleagues, the youth volleyball players. In
life, the sad news and the good news can happen at the same time, and so my
family and I extend our congratulations to the youth volleyball players and wish
them much more success in the future”.
The Serbian youth have managed to win the title of European
Champions in basketball, in the European Championship for Men (U 16). In his
letter of congratulations, the Crown Prince emphasized, among other things: “I
truly admire the effort and the results achieved by our youth basketball team.
My family and I are glad that our basketball seems to be returning to the days
of its old glory, this time with the young generation. Please extend our best
wishes to these sportsmen and wish them many more medals in the future.”
The judo team of Serbia has triumphed at the Balkan Senior
Championship - the women became Balkan champions, while the men got second
place, right after Romania. The women brought home four gold and two bronze
medals. The men brought home three gold medals, while the Romanian judokashad
only one silver medal more than the Serbian team. The Crown Prince also extended
his congratulations to the judo men and women of Serbia and wished them more
success in the future.