#TeamUNICEF gathering in Sarajevo: Children spent time with sport champions: Edin Džeko, Samira Hurem, Amel Tuka, Azra Numanović…

At a TeamUNICEF gathering, held in Sarajevo, girls and boys from several sport clubs had the opportunity to meet and talk with UNICEF’s ambassador, captain of the national team of B&H and Roma football player Edin Džeko
Girls and boys from several sport clubs had the opportunity to meet and talk with UNICEF’s National ambassador, captain of the national team of B&H and Roma football player Edin Džeko, women’s national football team selector and football club SFK2000 coach Samra Hurem, national team player Azra Numanović, runner Amel Tuka, and representative of Special Olympics Kada Delić-Selimović.
“I am glad that I am with you today, and that we can spend time together, and talk about sport, and the importance of sport for all of us. Gatherings like these are beneficial for all of us, and I wish there were more of them, since all of us can learn something from each other”, said Edin Džeko, who came to the gathering straight from the airport.
“We have always had talented athletes in all sports. Here is Tuka, who trained in difficult conditions, as I did after the war. I invite everyone who is able to to do everything they can to make sure our children have better conditions, so that they can be even better, and achieve even better results”, said Džeko.
The children had many questions for guests; they wanted to know at what age Džeko started training, the difference between Italian and English football, and why he chose Roma; they asked Tuka how they can run faster; and Azra Numanović and Samira Hurem talked about team spirit. ”We are here for each other, result is important and we play for result, but we also train to be healthy and to have a nicer environment”, said Hurem, whose club SFK2000 was ranked amongst the best 32 teams in the UEFA Women’s Champions League the day before. She invited all girls who love football to join them and come to their training.
"Sport is here for everyone, and we are one large family. Play a sport and you will be able to achieve anything", said Azra Numanović.
Deputy Representative of UNICEF in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Anna Riatti, highlighted the importance of sport for promotion of positive values.
“It is good for athletes to use their popularity to promote positive values of sport, and access to sport for every child”, said Riatti.
“Do not give up on what you love, believe in yourselves, and whatever you choose, do not listen to others, and be persistent in what you love. Do not forget about school because there is nothing better than being able to combine school and sport, no matter what you train”, said Tuka.
SFK2000 coach, Danica Kovačević, and inclusive football school “Respekt” coach presented the work of their clubs, and Special Olympics representative, Kada Delić-Selimović, stressed the importance of early involvement of children with disabilities into sport.
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