SPORTS  AND  RECREATION
Yugoslavs are avid sports players and fans; the country's teams and athletes have achieved international success. A number of modern sports centres have Olympic programs that prepare national and European athletes, while at the local level, most schools have sporting facilities and fields that are heavily used by both students and the general public. Communities organize sports leagues for children aged 5 to 15.

Popular sports like soccer, hockey and basketball draw large crowds at stadiums. The Red Star and Partizan soccer teams have enjoyed huge success worldwide. The Yugoslav basketball team has won numerous World Championships and Olympic medals, including a gold in 1980 and a silver in 1996. Athletes have also excelled at water polo, indoor soccer, archery, volleyball, table tennis, chess, karate and handball. Aleksandra Ivosev (1996) and Jasna Sekaric (1992) each won Olympic gold medals in rifle shooting. Nenad Stekic is well-known athlete in broad jump.

Yugloslavia's mountains, rivers and forests are popular areas for fishing, hunting and hiking. In winter, skiing is a great attraction, and each areas of the country offers major ski resorts. Summer brings swimmers and sunbathers to beaches on the Adriatic. Cities like Belgrade offer trails along the banks of the Sava and Danube Rivers for bicycling, jogging and walking.

Yugoslav children enjoy games similar to those played throughout Europe and North America, including hide and seek, hopscotch and jumping rope. Towns and cities offer busy parlors for video games.

After work, many people enjoy getting together for coffee at home or in the country's numerous outdoor cafés, where Yugoslavs have discussions and friendly arguments about politics and culture, sing, recite poetry and recount folk legends. Yugoslavs also enjoy television and radio, reading (particularly newspapers) and attending museums and cultural events.


  Did you know?
Some Yugoslavs make homemade incense by extracting resin from pine trees. The material is rolled into long, thin sticks, sometimes doused with scented oils, then divided into small pieces that are dusted with cornstarch to prevent sticking. After air drying, the incense is ready to be burned in small trays called censers.




  Did you know?
Monica Seles, who was born in Novi Sad, is one of the world's top tennis players. She won the women's singles for the United States Open in 1991 and 1992 and numerous other international competitions.