Zagreb, October 12th, 2016 - The President of the Croatian Olympic Committee (HOO), Zlatko Mateša, and Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba, Juan Antonio Fernández, signed on October 12th, 2016, in the headquarters of the Croatian Olympic Committee, a Memorandum on cooperation between the Croatian and the Cuban Olympic Committee.

The Memorandum was signed primarily to formalize the further development of bilateral sports cooperation, and both sides agreed that it is necessary to strengthen the contacts and to encourage the exchange of knowledge and expertise in the field of competitive sports and sports for all, as well as sports science and medicine.

The reception was also attended by Elio Rodríguez Perdomo, Director for Europe and Canada at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba, Head of the Croatian Olympic Committee’s Department for International Cooperation Ljiljana Ujlaki Šubić, President of the Croatian Baseball Federation Osvaldo Vavra and Jasna Derviš from the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs.

"This Memorandum of understanding is important because Cuba can - through the exchange of experts, coaches and knowledge in certain sports - significantly contribute to lift some sports, which have become Olympic sports, but less developed in Croatia, such as baseball - to a higher level, while issues related to the health care and rehabilitation of athletes are also of interest for joint action”, said President Mateša.

Vavra said that the Croatian Baseball Federation, which otherwise maintains excellent contacts with the Cuban colleagues, is very interested in bringing the Cuban baseball coaches to Croatia and in the exchange of knowledge, especially in the field of sports medicine in which Cubans are very advanced. In addition, it has been proposed that soon after the signing of the Memorandum, a project on exchange of experiences should be launched – a project that could be quickly and easily implemented and which would include several sports.