Meeting of historians of physical education

Novi Sad 10.05.2012.

Regarding the launching of the initiative for erecting of the monument to Momcilo Tapavica , a renowned architect from Novi Sad and the first Serb who won the bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Athens in 1896, the meeting of the University lecturers of history of physical culture was held on May 10th, 2012 at the Faculty of Sports and Physical Education in Novi Sad.

A working part of this meeting started with the lecture held by Prof. Sladjana Mijatovic, PhD about the life and sports career of General Svetomir Djukic, the founder of the Serbian Olympic Movement and member of the International Olympic Committee (1912-1948). A pleasant meeting with students, which was also attended by other colleagues Prof. Nenad Zivanovic, PhD, Prof. Petar Pavlovic, PhD, Prof. Violeta Siljak, PhD, and Prof. Zoran Milosevic, PhD , was accompanied by loud acclaim of the present listeners. The lecturers who attended the meeting presented appropriate gifts to the Faculty – photographs of the renowned Serbian athletes, members of the Olympic teams – in the memory of this meeting with students and hospitality of the Dean of the Faculty of Sports and Physical Education, Prof. Dejan Madic, PhD.

The visit to the Faculty of Sports and Physical Education was concluded by signing of the initiative to erect the memorial to Momcilo Tapavica. Pointing to the symbolic of 140th anniversary of birth of this athlete (1872) and 100th anniversary of the first participation of Serbian athletes at the Olympic Games (1912), the University lecturers of history of physical culture confirmed that they considered the support to that initiative as the expression of overall cultural interest for preservation of collective memory of sports creative work of individuals and Olympic spirit in this region. In addition to the present lecturers, Prof. Stefan Ilic, PhD, Prof. Micurin Mirce Berar, PhD, and Prof. Zvezdan Savic, PhD , who were prevented from participating at the meeting due to previously arranged commitments, also signed the initiative.

The work related activities continued with the visits to the Seminary at Sremski Karlovci, Treasury of the Patriarch’s Court and Archive of the Serbian Academy of Science and Art in Sremski Karlovci.

The reminding of the contribution of the Serbian Orthodox Church, in particular in the period prior to unification with Serbia in 1918, accompanied by an inspiring talk of the archpriest Marko Spanovic, confirmed once again the knowledge of historical science about the depth of its contribution to the religious, artistic, and particularly educational identity of Vojvodina Serbs.

An exceptionally important meeting was organised in the form of a visit to the Archives of the Serbian Academy of Science and Art where our kind host Zarko Dimic pointed to the significance that this Institution has for preservation of “primary“ evidences on the past events and potentials of possible co-operation with all interested researchers in the field of history of physical culture in Vojvodina.

At the end of the meeting of University lecturers of history of physical culture, a lunch was organised at the bank of the river Danube, which did not lack in work related topics. In a pleasant ambience, we exchanged experiences related to organisation of lectures, scientific projects, publishing of papers in scientific magazines, and opened up certain topics for the future meetings.

This was one of those meetings that inspires for the future meetings in Nis, Belgrade, Banja Luka . . .

Back to top