Six months remained until the beginning of the 5th European Universities Games in Belgrade. The biggest sports event in our country and certainly one of the biggest globally in Olympic year, will attract to the capital of Serbia 6.000 student athletes from 400 Universities from 40 countries between July 12 and 25. All of them will compete in 19 sports and two para-sports. That’s why the presenting of the OC of EUG 2020 will start with the Sport Department and the interview with the head of department Ms Ana Todoric.
The end of last year was very demanding when it came to the organization, but in the end the work paid off. Positive comments from EUSA are the best proof that we are on the right track.
– Two more employees joined the sport sector at the end of the year, so we had the capacity in human resources to meet all the demands that EUSA and the management of our company had. It was dynamic, but we were able to finish everything. The current focus of our sector is Public Procurement for Sports Equipment required to hold the competition, preparation of a preliminary schedule of competitions by sports and days, so that we can enter the schedules by the venues themselves in order to locate all events in their venues.
In addition, you also deal with the human resources necessary for such a challenging competition …
– This is actively being worked on. We define the number of referees needed to run the competition, both domestic and domestic with international licenses, as well as international referees who will be provided by the teams. Also, we are doing the same because some sports are not sufficiently developed and it`s Federations do not have adequate refereeing capacity to support this competition. We also define a definitive list of people that the Federations are required to hire to conduct the competition. It is a figure of between 400 and 450 people ahead of the Federations, so the workload is specific and difficult to plan. Everything is different on the spot, so we have to take into account the number of venues for the competition is not yet fully defined, and the number of people depends on it.
At what stage is the work on the venues themselves?
– The sports sector almost finished the setting plans, the internal setting and the technical organization of the venues. We have held joint meetings with the most of the Federations. Football, volleyball, orienteering and basketball 3×3 remained. We will do this by the end of February and will be able to say that we have 90% of the venues set up so that other sectors can lean in and do public procurement freely according to the needs they have in those venues.
How many people are needed to organize such a competition?
– There are currently nine people in the Sports Department. In February, we will expand significantly and by the end of the competition there will be 57 people, plus between 400 to 450 people from the sports Federations, plus 800 to 850 judges. I don’t count volunteers here.
As an experienced sportswoman, you are the right person to explain why Serbia is successful in organizing major sports competitions?
– Just to look back 10 years, at least in Belgrade, a significant number of competitions, European and World Championships in various sports were organized. I can say, starting with EYOF in 2007, Belgrade as a legate received a new generation of sports workers who continued to work in Serbian sports and gained experience over the years. What is very important is that Belgrade has a human resources that can organize any level of competition. The other thing is something that characterizes us as a people. By mentality, we are a hospitable people and strive to truly accommodate as much as possible and to do our best to always provide a level of service beyond what is required, regardless of the requirements we have from international federations.
What kind of Games do you expect?
– I expect 5+, a starred 5. That’s a MUST.