30 years ago at today’s day started the XIV Winter Olympic Games in Sarajevo. Sarajevo received the organization before Japanese Sappora and Swedish cities Falun and Göteborg. The fairytale lasted from 8-19 February, and according to estimates of relevant experts, those were the best Winter Olympic Games organized until then.
Sarajevo Olympics was a great opportunity to present the country, (the former Yugoslav Republic), in the best possible light, and in that regard were not shaken even by economic crises that hit Former Yugoslav Republic, in the early ’80s.
Significant resources were spent and were built a large number of impressive buildings and other infrastructural objects. The government had the support of Sarajevo people, and the Games led to an increasing interest for winter sports, almost unknown in this part of Yugoslavia. The aim was that the Winter Olympic Games, as a symbol of world peace, to be held in the city that was connected to the start of the World War I.
Unfortunately, due to yesterday’s riots in the capital city, the celebration of 30 years of Sarajevo Olympics scheduled for today is canceled.