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The President of the Republic of Slovenia: "Goran Dragič is an exceptional person, an idol of the young, who plays with his heart for his homeland"

Ljubljana, 22. 5. 2014 | press release

President Pahor welcomed today in the Presidential palace the Slovenian basketball player Goran Dragić, in the presence of high school students from the School of Economics of Ljubljana and pupils from the Primary School of Koseze. He underlined that Goran Dragić is an exceptional sportsman who has reached for the stars and whose good deeds, large and small, represent an example, a role model and an inspiration to the entire community. "He is simple, open and has astonished the public with his benevolence, recently also upon the floods in our neighbouring countries," Mr Pahor highlighted in his speech and presented Goran Dragić with an "Apple of Inspiration."

Mr Pahor, in the presence of high school students from the School of Economics of Ljubljana and pupils from the Primary School of Koseze, welcomed the Slovenian basket player Goran Dragić
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA

The President justified his decision also by writing that Goran Dragić is an idol of many young people who will perhaps one day rank among a generation of golden sports stars or will reach for the highest successes in other fields. Without hesitation Goran Dragić has shown that even in the most difficult stages of the life game he is the most determined 'game organiser' and 'most valuable player'. With that kind of stature Goran Dragić has once again shown his human greatness and his steadfast, contagious optimism for life. At the same time, his deeds are also a respectful bow to the humanitarian tradition of the Slovenian nation.

Mr Pahor, in the presence of high school students from the School of Economics of Ljubljana and pupils from the Primary School of Koseze, welcomed the Slovenian basket player Goran Dragić
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA

President Pahor expressed his conviction that because of the reputation Goran Dragić enjoys at home and around the world the importance and weight of his actions are all the more important. He emphasized the concern and compassion for fellow man the Slovenian citizens have shown recently, bringing new hope and faith to all affected by floods. "The thought of Goran Dragić, his encouraging smile and his decisive actions renewed their faith in life optimism, in the joy of successfully overcoming obstacles and in a collective satisfaction upon the achieved goals."

Goran Dragić thanked President Pahor for the welcoming and added: "I play basketball; basketball expresses my personality and I want to share this with the young. In these difficult times I try to spread a positive mindset and together with other sportsmen help in the best way possible. I think that Slovenians have helped a lot and for that I thank them. I will try to be what I am, to be an inspiration to the young, on and off the court. I play for Slovenia to show the spirit of Slovenian people and share it with the whole world."

President Pahor welcomed today in the Presidential palace the Slovenian basketball player Goran Dragić, in the presence of high school students from the School of Economics of Ljubljana and pupils from the Primary School of Koseze
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA