The Slovenia Times

Sports Hall of Fame Expanded With Three New Names


Retired footballer Srečko Katanec and basketball legend Jure Zdovc will be inducted alongside one of Slovenia's biggest names of Alpine skiing in the 20th century, Rok Petrovič.

The three left an indelible mark on Slovenian sport in the 1980s and early 1990s. They will join 49 other names in the Sports Hall of Fame managed by the Association of Slovenian Sports Journalists.

The induction ceremony will be held as part of a friendly basketball match between Slovenia and Serbia in Stožice Arena.

In announcing the new inductees, the associations described the three as key protagonists in the world of Slovenian sport in the final years of the former Yugoslavia and the transition to an independent state.

Katanec, who currently heads Slovenia's national team, played for a number of Europe's biggest clubs, making finals appearances in all three major European club competitions. In 1990 he won the Cup Winners' Cup in 1990 with Italy's Sampdoria.

Zdovc won two European titles (1989, 1991), the World Championships (1990) and the Olympic silver medal in 1988 with the Yugoslav team, of which he was a regular member alongside such names as Vlade Divac, Dražen Petrović and Toni Kukoč. In 1993 the current national team coach led French club Limoges to the European title as playmaker.

Despite not winning a medal at a major championships, Rok Petrovič remains one of the giants of Slovenian Alpine skiing, blazing a path for future slalom skiers with his technique. He was the undisputed king of slalom in the 1985-86 World Cup season, when he racked up wins at five meetings to take the overall title in the discipline.

In 1989 he shocked Slovenia by deciding to hang up his ski boots to focus on studies. After graduating from the Ljubljana Faculty of Sport, he continued to pursue post-graduate studies. In 1993, only days before he was set to present his masters' thesis, Petrovič died in a diving accident off the coast of Croatia.


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