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 Exclusive swimming interview for the Swim Star Web Portal, London (UK) / Herceg Novi (MNE), January 27 , 2010 
 
..This interview  is dedicated to the swimming audience of  the ex-YU republics and the  region of the Balkans and  is arranged on-line on January 27, 2010
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Prof.Zuber: "Mimosa Cup is well-known European meet..."

I.Zuber
Prof. Ivan Zuber
The country where I am born, does not exist any more. Two decades ago or less, the former Yugoslavia was divided into 6 new countries. Taking into consideration the present world swim power from Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, as well as the rapid rise of the Montenegrin and Macedonian water polo, it is evidenced that the significant aquatics development existed for many decades left behind. One of the legendary swim coaches, who has established the fundament of the Yugoslav swimming is widely known Montenegrin Prof.Ivan Zuber. What's more, about 20 years of his swim engagement is devoted to the Italian Swimming Federation, few clubs and Regional Associations (1965-1985). Having in mind the fact that this February in the town of Herceg Novi, two great jubilees would be celebrated (15th edition of the LEN Meet Montenegro Mimosa Cup and the 65th anniversary of his engagement in the swimming sport), we've asked Prof. Zuber for one short but proudly saying an exclusive interview. Via the direct link set between London (UK) and Herceg Novi (MNE) we open the respectable swim treasure - some of the words of Prof.Zuber may enter into history. On behalf of all our visitors, I express my huge gratitude wishing good health to Prof Zuber and many new Mimosa Meets in Igalo.  Zemlja u kojoj sam rodjen vise ne postoji. Pre dve deceniije ili manje, bivsa Jugoslavija je rascepljena na 6 drzavica. Uvazavajuci danasnju svetsku plivacku snagu, koja dolazi iz Srbije, Hrvatske, Slovenije, ali isto tako brzi uspon vaterpola Crne Gore i Makedonije, sasvim je jasno da je vrlo vredan razvoj plivackog sporta postojao dugi niz decenija unazad. Jedan od legendarnih plivackih trenera, tvorac temelja Jugoslovenskog plivanja je dobro poznati Crnogorac Prof. Ivan Zuber. Sta vise, oko 20 godina njegovog plivackog angazmana bio je posvecen Plivackoj federaciji Italije, malom broju  klubova i regionalnih saveza (1965-1985). Kako ce tokom februara u Herceg Novom biti proslavljena dva vredna jubijeja (15-ti LEN miting Montenegro Mimoza  i proslava 65-to godisnjice njegovog bavljenja plivackim sportom), zamolili smo Prof. Zubera za kraci i sa ponosom mozemo reci ekskluzivni intervju. Preko direktne veze koju smo uspostavili izmedju Londona (UK) i Herceg Novog (MNE), mozemo slobodno reci da je respektabilni plivacki trezor nacet - neke od reci Prof. Zubera mogu uci u istoriju. U ime svih nasih posetilaca izrazavam veliku zahvalnost Prof. Zuberu uz zelju za njegovim dobrim zdravljem i dalje mnogo uspesnih Mimoza mitinga u Igalu. 

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Wishing welcome to the Swim Star Web Portal...
 
Our popular swim web site has a great honor to welcome a true swimming legend of ex-Yugoslavia, Montenegro, as well as Balkan, Italy and the whole Europe. We would like to whish a warm welcome to prof. Ivan Zuber. Nas portal ali i svi nasi posetioci imaju zaista veliku cast da ugoste legendu plivackog sporta bivse Jugoslavije, Crne Gore, ali i Balkana, Italije kao i Evrope. Pozelimo dobrodoslicu Prof. Ivanu Zuberu....
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Zuber:  Iím honored as well, and thankful for this interview.  Zuber:  I ja licno sam pocascenen i zahvalan!
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An admiration for his dediacation to the swimming sport...
 
As a swimmer for 16 years, as well as professional journalist today, I believe that you canít separate from swimming sport. This year, you will celebrate respectful 65 years of being involved in swimming. If you were to start all over again, would you take the same road? I kao plivac, ali i kao profesionalni novinar, koji je u ovom nasem sportu vec vise od 16 godina,  imam utisak da se tesko od njega moze razdvojiti. Vi navrsavate ove godine respektabilnih 65 godina bavljenja plivanjem. Kada biste poceli iznova, da budem prozaican, "da li biste isli istim putem"?
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Zuber:  Every sport is in a way positively contagious and so is the swimming, donít be surprised. The longer you are in this sport, the more youíre being delighted by its charm and your activity within.  Zuber:  Svaki sport je, uslovno receno, pozitivno zarazan, pa tako i plivacki; nemojte se cuditi. Sto se duze njime bavite, tim vise vas osvaja svojom atraktivnoscu i ljepotom.
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My Father Lale was a ship company owner, a banker and a minister, one of the richest persons in the Kingdom of Jugoslavija, while my Mother Anastasija Gregovic, the dauther of Peter, was the owner of the Zounguldak-Cozlon mine in Turkey. Sometime in the past they have had different plans for my future, which were shifted by events prior and following the Second World War. Moj otac Lale bio je brodovlasnik, bankar i veleposjednik, jedan od najbogatijih ljudi u kraljevini Jugoslaviji, a majka Anastasija Gregovic, kcerka Petra, vlasnica rudnika Zounguldak-Cozlon u Turskoj - imali su nekada davno sasvim druge planove za moju buducnost, koje su potom poremetili vihori Drugog svjetskog rata i dogadjanja poslije njega.
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My decision to get involved with swimming sport and which later, as my destiny consequence is, becoming a profession, came to me by very specific set of events. First of all, I was very gifted swimmer. In the context previously said, the last part of your question gains the answer which is being imposed by itself! In every case, I'm in fond of the work that I'm doing. Moje opredjeljenje da se bavim plivanjem i kasnije kao profesijom je tako, moze se reci, sudbinska poslijedica, a doslo je na neki nacini sticajem okolnosti da sam bio prilicno darovit plivac. U kontekstu recenog, poslednji dio vaseg pitanja dobija odgovor koji se namece sam po sebi! U svakom slucaju, zaljubljen sam u posao kojim se bavim.
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Zuber's photo gallery
Few great photo clikcs - from the huge documentation treasure of Prof. Ivan Zuber, traveling through the time...
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Very first steps and the beginning in competitive swimming of young Ivan Zuber...
 
In the season 1996-97, I have received one newspaper article by Dejan Bijelic about Swimming and Water polo club Jadran and you, the success of the Montenegrin Olympian Duska Radan, a swimmer which you coached. Thatís how I got a chance to to learn something about  your achievements for the first time. But for our audience, please tell us about your beginnings, when was it and elaborate on your  successes  at the time. Davne 1996-97 godine, dopao mi je u ruke jedan clanak novinara Dejana Bijelica o PVK Jadranu i vama, o uspehu Crnogorske olimpijke Duske Radan, plivacice koju ste vi stvorili i formirali. Tako sam imao prilike da vas rad i uspehe u plivanju prvi put upoznam. Ali za sve nase posetioce, da krenemo informacijama o vasim pocecima? Kada je to bilo? Nesto o vasim uspesima kao plivaca.
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Zuber:  Metaphorically speaking Iím ďsplatteringĒ in and around the water since 1945 when in Kotor, where I used to live, got noticed as a talent. With only 15 years, I was already grown up and developed swimmer, for todayís instances, but still without organized swimming club and a coach. Later, all that didnít stand in my way to move into ďJadranĒ from Herceg Novi in 1949, and as a bursar of the coaching school DIF, I become a junior champion of Yugoslavia on the 100 m freestyle at the YU national champs in Split. To be short: on the triangles of  BiH-Macedonia-Montenegro held in Herceg Novi, Ohrid and Brcko, three years in a row I was a best swimmer in all disciplines of freestyle. Also, I was a record holder of Montenegro in disciplines from 50 to 1500m freestyle up until 1955.  Zuber:  Metaforicki receno  "prackam" se u vodi i oko nje vec od 1945. godine, kada sam u Kotoru, gdje sam tada zivio, zapazen, sto bi se reklo kao talenat. Sa petnaestak godina, bio sam za danasnje prilike, prilicno odrastao plivac jos bez organizovanog kluba i trenera. Kasnije mi sve to ipak nije zasmetalo da, prelaskom u hercegnovski "Jadran" 1949. godine, vec kao pitomac sa Trenerske skole DIF-a, postanem omladinski prvak Jugoslavije na 100 m kraul na drzavnom prvenstvu u Splitu. Da budem kratak: zatim sam na tzv. tromecima republika BiH - Makedonija -  Crna Gora u Herceg Novom, Ohridu i Brckom, tri godine za redom, bio najbolji plivac u svim disciplinama kraula. Isto tako bio sam rekorder Crne gore od 50m do 1500m sve do 1955. godine.

 
First steps of the coach career in the Jadran Swimming Club...
 
Women's swim team of the SC Jadran from 1959
SWC Jadran is one of the oldest swimming clubs on the wider area of Balkan. The club was founded in 1922. After the Second World War and its renewal in 1949, the Swimming federation of Montenegro was established in Herceg Novi. When does your coaching career begin? PVK Jadran je jedan od najstarijih plivackih klubova na sirem prostoru Balkana. Osnovan je 1922.godine. Nakon II rata i ponovnog obnavljanja 1949 osnovan je i Plivacki savez Crne Gore sa sedistem u Herceg Novom. Kad zapocinje vasa trenerska karijera?
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Zuber: Swimming club Jadran was founded in 1926. In 1949 the Council for swimming was renamed into Swimming Federation of Montenegro with its office in Herceg Novi. Its first president was Milan Vukasovic, secretar Trepo Klisura, and a professional coach Ivan L. Zuber. Those days, since swimming was active only in Herceg Novi, also swam, beside coaching the rest of the competitors of SC Jadran. So, Iím holding coaching whistle from distant 1949! Zuber: PK "Jadran" je osnovan 1926.godine. 1949.god. Odbor za plivanje preimenovan je u Plivacki Savez Crne Gore sa sjedistem u Herceg Novom. Negov prvi predsjednik bio je Milan Vukasovic, sekretar Trepo Klisura, a profesionalni trener Ivan L.Zuber. Tada sam - posto se organizovano plivalo jedino u Herceg Novom, aktivno plivao i pored toga, trenirao ostale takmicare PK Jadrana. Dakle sa trenerskom "pistaljkom" sam vec od daleke 1949. godine! 

 
On the first YU national titles earned with the Jadran women's swimming team...
 
The season of 1959 will be remembered as a year of greatest success of Jadranís women team up to that point in time. The team won the title of Yugoslav team champions, and some of them were well known swimmers Bajkovic, Andric, Madjar, Stanisic, Golubin and Camdzic. Please recall some of the details from that period.  1959.godina ostaje upisana kao godina do tada najveceg uspeha vase - Jadranove zenske ekipe koja u Kranju uzima titulu drzavnog prvaka Jugoslavije, pomenimo plivacice Bajkovic, Andric, Madjar, Stanisic, Golubin i Camdzic. Setite se nekih detalja molim vas.
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Zuber:  My talents, the Jandran women's team was the best in Yugoslavia in 1958, 1959 and 1960 and held almost all national records, individual as well as relays, and in 1959 in Kranj (SLO) even managed to win absolute national championship without scoring points from the menís team. At that time, those events were sensational in every possible meaning, especially because we havenít had indoor swimming pool neither proper gym for dry land practices. We also won several national junior championships, although I canít recall the exact number. Next to the swimmer you are stating, I would like to mention Biljana Katuric, national record holder on 200 fly and 200 IM as well as Slobodanka Klisuru, the member of several victory relays.  Zuber:  Moje "pulenke", Jadranova zenska ekipa bila je najbolja u Jugoslaviji 1958, 1959 i 1960. godine, posjedovala je gotovo sve drzavne rekorde, individualno i u stafetama, a 1959. u Kranju  je uspjela, bez ucesca "muskih" bodova, da osvoji  apsolutno prvenstvo drzave. Ta dogadjanja su  tada bila prvorazredna senzacija u svakom pogledu, a pogotovo zato sto nijesmo imali zimski bazen;  a Boga mi ni odgovarajucu salu za pripreme na suhom. Osvajali smo i nekoliko drzavnih omladinskih prvenstava (ne sjecam se sada vise broja). Pored plivacica koje navodite, pomenuo bih jos Biljanu Katuric, drzavnu rekorderku na 200 m delfin i 200 m mjesovito i Slobodanku Klisuru, clanicu vise pobjedonosnih stafeta. 
   
From very successful men swimmers from that time period I would like to mention Mladen Terzovic, national record holder and champion on 200 fly, Anton Zecevic, Armyís champion on the 1500 free, then junior national champion and the national team members Jerko Zelic, Vladimir Tusupa and Dida Maric as well as many others which I canít remember in this moment. Od veoma uspjesnih plivaca iz tog perioda, naveo bih Mladena Terzovica, drzavnog rekordera i prvaka na 200 m delfin, Antonia Zecevoca, armijskog prvaka na 1500 m, drzavne oml. prvake - reprezentativce Jerka Zelica, Vladimira Tusupa i Dida Marica i dr. kojih se u ovom trenutku ne mogu sjetiti.
   
To this fantastic group I would add a very well known Djordje Perisic, who swam in my team for one year in Herceg Novi together with Slobodan Kicovic,  since they stayed without coach Boris Skanata. He set his junior national record and help the team in marvelous victory against Italy in the town of Split (I was the national team head coach).  Ovoj plejadi bih naravno dodao poznatog Djordja Perisica, koji je - prije svog drzavnog omladinskog rekorda u pobjedonosnom susretu sa Italijom u Splitu (moja malenkost je bila trener reprezentacije) - plivao jednu sezonu kod mene u Herceg Novom, zajedno sa Slobodanom Kicovicem, jer su ostali bez  trenera, pok.Borisa Skanate. 
As on Kicovic, he spent two seasons in Jadran (1964 and 1965) and then coming from the background managed to win first places in 100, 200 and 400 m freestyle, and if Iím not wrong one year even on 1,500m free on the national championships.  Sto se pak tice Kicovica, on je proveo kod mene u Jadranu dvije sezone (1964/65) i tada iskrsnuvsi gotovo ni od kuda, osvaja sva prva mjesta u kraulu od 100m do 400 m ( ako se ne varam jedne godine i na 1500 m!) na drzavnim apsolutnim prvenstvima Jugoslavije.

 
On the coaching engagement in the period between 1959 and 1965...
 
Prof.Zuber with the National team in Split (CRO) -1959
With the new SC Jadran's talents in Herceg Novi 1966
From 1958 up to 1965, your talents from Herceg Novi continually won medals on the state championships. National Yugoslav team consisted almost completely of your athletes, except two swimmers from Croatia. In both men and women category you took 12 titles of national champions. On the European championship in Budapest, Natasa Bajkovic swam to the  respectful 19th place, while Tia Camdzic was 3rd in Europe and 7th in the World. Who do you remember from your men team? Are you still in touch with some of them? .Od 1958 - 1965, vase vedete iz Herceg Novog donose na drzavnim prvenstvima najsjajnija odlicja. Jugoslovensku reprezentaciju izuzev dve Hrvatice, tada sacinjavaju samo vase plivacice. U muskoj i zenskoj konkurenciji odnosite 12 titula drzvnih prvaka. Natasa Bajkovic na prvenstvu Evrope u Budimpesti osvaja tada prestizno 19. mesto, a Tia Camdzic bronzana u Evropi i sedma u svetu. Koga se secate tada iz vaseg tima u muskoj konkurenciji? Imate li danas jos uvek kontakata sa nekima od njih?
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Zuber: If Iím not wrong, Natasa Bajkovic had equivalent result for the B cut finals in the European championsihps which unfortunately was not held. The record of Yugoslavia on the 100m fly which Tia Camdzic set after Olympic Games, according to the Speedo World rang list, was equal to third place in Europe and seventh in the World.  Zuber:  Ako se ne varam, Natasa Bajkovic je na evropskom prvenstvu imala ekvivalentni rezultat za "B" finale, koje se, na zalost, tada jos nije plivalo. Rekord Jugoslavije na 100 m delfin koji je Tia Camdzic postavila nakon Olimpijskih igara, prema tadasnjoj Speedo svjetskoj rang listi, odgovarao je trecem mjestu u Evropi i sedmom mjestu u svijetu.
   
All that Iím answering here on your question should be used to check for historical facts, especially the results which Iím not precisely citing. In the meaning, as an explanation, I will say: if Tia had swam her national record only two years earlier that would be a world record! Because the record was around 1.15-1.16.00!! Sve sto na vasa pitanja ovdje navodim, treba podvesti pod istorijski kontekst, pogotovo rezultate koje upravo zbog toga namjerno ne citiram. U tom smislu, kao objasnjenje, reci cu:  da je Tia svoj tadasnji drzavni rekord plivala samo dvije godine ranije, bio bi to i svjetski rekord -  jer je on iznosio mislim oko 1,15.-1.16.00 !!!
   
Of course that I have nice moments every time I've got a chance to meet some of my ex-swimmers and chat with them. Naravno da prijatne kontakte uvjek imam kada se tu sretnem i caskam sa mojim nakadasnjim plivacima - svima od reda!

 
On the famous 'Italian Days' of Prof. Zuber...
 
In 1966, after plane accident of the National Italian team, Italian FIN called you to help them with continuing work and development of their swimming sport. Please elaborate on your stay in Italy and your relationship with people you worked with. 1966.godine, nakon avionske nesrece Italijanske plivacke reprezentacije, FIN Italije vas poziva da pomognete njihovom daljem radu i razvoju? Molimo vas za malo informacija o boravku u Italiji i ljudima sa kojima ste saradjivali?
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Zuber:  I really do not know where would I begin and where would end in order to retell my Italian ďepisodeĒ of 20 years spent on various managing positions in the ďRomaĒ, the centers such as CONI, national team, Rari Nantes Perugia, SIT the sector of managing people, etc. Thatís why I would like to welcome you to read my Curriculum Vitae which is already on your respectful web portal. Zuber:  Zaista neznam gdje bih poceo, a gdje zavrso kada bih na ovom prostoru, makar i koncizno, pokusao da opisujem moju italijansku "epizodu" od 20 godina;  provedenih na raznim rukovodecim funkcijama  u  "ROMI", centrima CONI, drzavnoj reprezentaciji, RN "Perudji", SIT (sektoru strucnog osposobljavanja kadrova) itd. Zato vas upucujem na moj CURRICULUM OPERANDI  koji se nalazi na vasem cijenjenom saitu, s molbom da ga pogledate.
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President Andreoti consigns the recognition...
Headcoach of the AS Roma Nuoto, Italy...
With his best athletes - Lalle and Giletti (1980)

 
Memories on the HN Swimming problems in 70s of the previous century...
 
Because of your absence during 1970s, the period of stagnation arrived. Swimming in Kotor shuts down, and almost the same happened in Herceg Novi. However, famous Tripo Klisura began his work with young swimmers on the open pool Skver and somehow keeps in life the swimming sport. In that time, everybody hoped that you come back to Montenegro? Zbog vaseg otsustva '70 godina dolazi do stagnacije. Gasi se plivanje u Kotoru, pa se to skoro desava i u Herceg Novom. Medjutim cuveni Tripo Klisura, na otvorenom bazenu Skevr, tokom leta vredno radi sa mladim plivacima PKV Jadran i nekako odrzava plivacki sport u Herceg Novom. Tada su svi pogledali da se vratite u Crnu Goru?
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Zuber:  You will understand that personally it is very unpleasant to tie memories, fallings and disappearing of high level swimming in Herceg Novi, Boka and Montenegro in global for my name and presence in such ambient. I think you might agree with me that it is very complex story by which many of the responsible persons should be thinking about it. And act. Zuber:  Razumjet cete da mi je ovdje licno veoma neugodno vezivati uspone, padanja ili nestajanje  vrhunskog plivanja, vrijednog nekog pomena u Herceg Novom, Boki i Crnoj Gori u cjelini - za moje ime ili prisustvo u tom ambijentu. Mislim da se slazete sa mnomi da je to kompleksna prica nad kojom bi se svi odgovorni morali zamisliti. I dejstvovati.

 
On the second beginning of the SWC Jadran's coaching time...
 
D.Radan
Duska Radan, the first Montenegrin Olympian (1996).
After your arrival from Italy in 1984, swim sport in Herceg Novi experienced a renewal. After the indoor swimming pool is being opened in 1985, first gold medals began arriving from the National Yugoslav Championships. Some of them must not be forgotten? 1984. po vasem povratku iz Italije, plivanje u Novom dozivljava renesansu. Ujedno 1986.god otvara se i bazen u Institutu Igalo, pa vec naredne 1985.god stizu prve zlatne medalje sa drzavnih prvenstava Jugoslavije. Neki od njih ne smeju biti zaboravljeni?
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Zuber: Every period has its heroes. In those times such of them were Ivan Lakicevic, Aco Terzic, Vukotic brothers, Ilic sisters, Sandra Crvenko and many others.... However, there needs to be in mind one important fact that only professional work led on the scientific basis from the side of experienced people inevitably will produce aimed goals, sooner or later, and it will pay off in the amount depending on how much swimmers were devoted and willing to sacrifice. As on other matters, I think Iíve already answered in your previous question and my point of view is explained there. Zuber: Svaki period ima svoje junake. Tada su to bili Ivan Lakicevic, Aco Terzic, braca Vukotic, sestre Ilic, sestre Beko, Sandra Crvenko i jos mnogi drugi. Treba medjutim imati na umu cinjenicu da jedino strucni rad vodjen sa plivacima na naucnim osnovama od strane iskusnih ljudi, neminovno, prije ili kasnije daje zeljene rezultate i "placa" u mjeri i zavisno od toga koliko se ko samopregorno zalagao i bio spreman na odricanja. Sto se ostalog tice, mislim da sam odgovarajuci na prethodno vase pitanje o tome dovoljno stvari rekao i pojasnio moje stanoviste.

 
To mention someone with whom he dealt the good & harm in swimming ...
 
After Bora Mracevic arrived, the local swim school of SWC Jadran began its new rise. When that happened? By yours strategic planning, revisiting serious and systematical work brought your first Olympian Duska Radan to Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996. Dolaskom Bora Mracevica, i stvaranjem skole plivanja zapocinje novi uspon PVK Jadran-a. Kada se to desilo? Po vasim strateskim planovima zazivljava ozbiljan i sistematizovan rad, koji 1996. dovodi do stvaranja prve vase Olimpijke Duske Radan (Atlanta 1996)?
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Zuber:  I was always deciding on my own, whether I should go into some kind of work or not. I donít accept that persuasion of someone which could affect my belief. In such context, the role has had Boro Mracevic and I think, from the both of us the mistake expeled. Didn't it?. Worth success of Duska Radan and others are only epilogues...  Zuber:  Uvjek sam sam odlucivao da li da krenem u neki posao ili ne. Kod toga priznajem da me je nagovor, tu i tamo, samo mogao solecitirati u naumu. U tom kontekstu, ovom prilikom tu ulogu je imao Boro Mracevic i mislim, sto se obojice tice niko nije pogrijesio. Zar ne? Vrijedan uspeh Duske Radan i ostalih plivaca su epilog.

 
On the Mimosa Meeting and the MNE pearls born in this competition...
 
International meet Mimosa started in 1996, after many upsetting political events, sanctions and falling apart of great Yugoslavia. You are the creator, owner  and director of this prestigious competition. In 1998, you launched  new swimming talents in the top of this sport: Corovic sisters, Danijela Djikanovic, Matija Jaukovic, your grand son Ivan and others. Please recall first few several years of Mimoza and all the hard time you have had with providing sufficient funds and also brining foreign swimmers?  Medjunarodni miting Mimoza storen je davne 1996.god, nakon silnih previranja u zemlji, sankcija i raspada velike Jugoslavije. Vi ste tvorac i dugogodisnji direktor ovog prestiznog takmicenja. 1998. vi vec u vrh drzavnog plivanja lansirate nove vedete: Sestre Corovic, Danijelu Djikanovic, Matiju Jaukovica, vaseg unuka Ivana i dr. Setite se prvih nekoliko godina Mimoze i svih "muka" oko obezbedjenja finansija i dovodjenja stranih plivaca?
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Zuber:  With the Montenegro Mimosa Cup I started in 1996 after I've got advices from other swimming meets and from my friends in the Italian region Puglia and Croatian "Jug" Dubrovnik where I used to participate as a coach and head coach of the Swim federation of Montenegro during 80s of last century. Zuber:  Sa Montenegro Mimosa Cupom sam poceo 1996. godine  nakon "kolaudacija"  preko plivackih susreata koje sam, zajedno sa prijateljima  iz italijanske regije Puglia i dubrovackog "Juga"-  vodio kao trener i selektor PS Crne Gore, tokom osamdesetih godina proslog vijeka.
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Mimosa Cup winners 2003
I estimated that at the moment weíve reached satisfying starting level. As soon as the chance was,opened, which was in 1996, together with my colleagues and the co-organizers from the Hercegfest Ė we started off with the meeting. Next year, using the fact that I was chairman of the national delegation of FR Yugoslavia in the Mediteranian Games, I used the chance to promote the idea of the new meeting at the conference and cocktail which I organized with a help of Michel Barbone, President of the CONIís Bari Region (ITA) at the time. Procijenio sam tada da smo iskustveno i kadrovski stigli do zadovoljavajuceg startnog nivoa. Cim se dakle stvorila povoljna prilika, a to je bilo 1996, zajedno sa mojim saradnicima i suorganizatorima iz Hercegfesta - krenulo se sa Mitingom.  Slijedece godine, koristeci cinjenicu da sam bio na celu plivacke delegacije SRJ na Mediteranskim Igrama, izvrsio sam prvu medjunarodnu promociju Mitinga, na konferenciji i koktelu, koje sam organizovao uz pomoc  gos. Michelea Barbonea, tada predsjednika CONI-a provincije Barija. 
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Very successful promotion that was held in Italy also attended by President of LEN Dr.Bartolo Consolo at the time, on both sides satisfaction provided the fastest way of entering into the LEN calendar which was the first new swim meet at the territory of ex Yugoslavia. Of course, we didnít have to wait a long time to gain an adequate swimming team at the SWC Jadran following the rank and the significance of that competition. As you already mentioned, young talents grew out from that meeting which the famous  swimmers from this region can testify such as: Duska Radan, Danijela Djikanovic, Corovic sisters, Maja Dabovic, Darija Pop, Dragisa Mihailovic, my grandson Ivan Zuber jr.and foremost world known - ex-world record holder Matija Jaukovic  - as well as  other very successful swimmers. Veoma uspjesnnoj promociji u Italiji prisustvovao je tada i Predsjednik LENE Dr.Bartolo Consolo, sa kojim sam na obostrano zadovoljstvo dogovorio modalitete za brzi ulazak mitinga u LEN-kalendar (kao prvog novog mitinga sa teritorije bivse SFRJ). To je zatim odmah i ostvareno, pa je ove godine to vec 13-ti zvanicni LEN-miting!  Naravno, nije se dugo poslije toga moralo cekati na sazrijevanje adekvatnog plivackog kadra prema rangu ovog novog takmicenja. Kao sto sami kazete, izrastaju i o tome svjedoce poznata  imena sa ovih prostora: Duska Radan, Danijela Djikanoviceva sestre Corovic, Maja Daboviceva, Darija Pop, Dragisa Mihailovic, moj unuk Ivan Zuber jr. i nadasve svjetski afirmisani (bivsi svetski rekorder) Matija Jaukovic - kao i citava plejada drugih veoma uspjesnih plivaca. 
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M. Jaukovic and D.Djikanovic - Zuber's great pearls - meet winners of the Mimosa '03..

 
Years-and-years in swimming - its the same also nowadays...
 
From the 2000, five years in a row I was participant of the Mimoza meeting, during which I often broke my personal and club records. I carry phenomenal memories from Herceg Novi. My ex coach Slavko Pamucina is a coach in Italy today. He used to be one of your greatest hopes during 1990s as well as record holder of Montenegro. Pamucina used to tell me many times about your serious engagement with practices you have held in SWC Jadran. Do you still visit the practices at the pool these days? Od 2000. punih 5 godina sam bio ucesnik Mimoze, i tamo cak obarao svoje licne i klupske rekorde. Nosim fenomenalna secanja iz Herceg Novog. Moj bivsi trener Slavko Pamucina,prof. danas trener u Italiji, bio je jedna od vasih najvecih nada '90 i rekorder Crne Gore. Mnogo puta mi je govorio o veoma ozbiljnom radu i trenizima koje ste vi vodili u PVK Jadran. Da li i danas ponekad posetite bazen i treninge Jadrana?...
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Zuber:  Your ex-Coach and my former swimmer and student was and will stay a great guy, very good and successful swimmer and today respectful man. Iím happy to hear that you had beneficial cooperation. Iím also glad to know that youíve reached your best times at the  Mimosa meeting in Herceg Novi. Zuber:  Vas bivsi trener, a moj plivac i ucenik, bio je i ostao zaista divan momak, veoma dobar i uspjesan plivac i sada uzoran covjek. Raduje me cinjenica da ste sa njim imali plodnu saradnju. Raduje me i cinjenica da ste i vi postizali vase najbolje plivacke rezultate i licne rekorde bas na nasem Mitingu u Herceg Novom. 

 
On the swim cooperation between Swim Star 2000 SC and the Mimosa Meeting...
 
Mimosa Cup 2004
Genuine gift from the Swim Star 2000 team, Belgrade -  Igor Rasula, captain, consigned to Prof. Zuber at the opening ceremony of the Montenegro Mimosa Cup 2004 (Photo by S.Pamucina,prof.)....
Since 2000, a true sport and friendly relationship between Swim Star SC and prof. Zuber begins. For the past 10 years, our web site had exclusive rights for promoting your meeting on the web. We also created a recognizable log of Mimoza meet. The world has met your respectable meeting besides all the sanctions. Today, Mimoza is in the LEN calendar and still holds certain prestige role in the Europe. .Od 2000.te pocinje i jedna istinska sportska i prijateljska saradnja izmedju Swim Star-a i Prof. Zubera. Nas web portal punih 10 godina ima eksluzivno pravo na promociju Mimoze. Mi smo i tvorci zastitnog znaka Mimoze Kupa. Svet je upoznao vas respektabilni miting, i pored svih sankcija. Danas je Mimoza u kalendaru LEN i u ovom delu godine drzi prestiz u Evropi?
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Zuber: On our sincere friendship as well as the successful sport cooperation, also the the extremely effective Internet promotion of my swim meeting, that the Swim Star team together with its founder and head director Goran Rasula and you personally did all those past ten years, Iím truly thankful. Such longstanding positive realtionship represents a precedent and can be used as a model of correctness for everyone else in these ďa bit sadĒ times.  Zuber:  Na nasoj istinski prijateljskoj i uspjesnoj sportskoj saradnji, kao i na veoma efikasnoj promociji mog mitinga, koje su tim Swim Stara, zajedno sa osnivacem i glavnim direktorom g-dinom Goranom Rasula i vama licno cinili svih ovih proteklih deset godina, zaista sam vam veoma zahvalan. Takva dugotrajna pozitivna saradnja predstavlja gotovo presedan i moze svima da posluzi kao primjer korektnosti u ovim "po malo tuznim" vremenima.

 
Visions for the future of the swimming in Herceg Novi...
 
We would like to congradulate a 15 years of Mimoza and yours 65 years in swimming jubilee. Do you have any vision whether someone will follow your successful footsteps in Herceg Novi and Montenegro? Cestitamo vam jubilej 15 godina Mimoze i 65 godina bavljenja plivackim sportom. Imate li viziju da vas put i vasa dostignuca neko dalje vredno nastavi u Herceg Novom i Crnoj Gori?
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Zuber:  Iím doing my best (unfortunately not successfully) to find someone from my family or from a swimming interested group, and my friends to continue this not very easily engagement. One might say that the hope dies the last. The time will show. Zuber:  Trudim se (do sada nazalost dosta neuspjesno) da neko iz moje porodice ili iz redova  poznavalaca plivanja, a mojih prijatelja nastave ovaj ni malo lak posao. Nada kazu posednja umire. Vrijeme ce pokazati.

 
Instead of conclusion...
 
We would like to wish you good health and continuation of our successful relationship in the following years. We would like to thank you for this interview made between London and Herceg Novi. Also, we would like to invite all the visitors to get introduced with yours respectful CV. Zelimo vam jos puno dobrog zdravlja, i da nastavimo saradnju i narednih godina. Zahvaljujemo vam se na ovom razgovoru na relaciji London - Herceg Novi, a sve posetioce koji zele da upoznaju vas rad pozivam da procitaju vas respektabilni CV.
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Zuber:  Iím thankful for the tribute and nice wishes for the future. If Iím concerned, this awesome relationship must continue through upcoming times until the end... Zuber:  Zahvaljujem vam na pohvalama i dobrim zeljama za buducnost. Sto sa mene tice, ovako dobra saradnja mora da nastavi kroz nastupajuce vrijeme i do kraja...
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Read the Curriculum Vitae of Prof. Ivan Zuber
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Contact to Prof.I.Zuber - e-mail: ivica.zuber@t-com.me
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Montenegro Mimosa Cup 2010
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  By Igor Rasula, (London, UK), AIPS id SRB05252
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