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Serbia's men and women honoured in Belgrade

Vladimir Grbic (right) attended the ceremony on behalf of brother Nikola to accept his Sport – Inspiration for Youth trophy alongside Vlade Divac
Belgrade, December 21, 2010 – Serbia's men's and women's teams were named the Best Serbian National Teams of 2010 by the Olympic Committee of Serbia at a ceremony held at the parliament buildings in Belgrade on Monday.

Nikola Grbic, captain of the men's team, was awarded the IOC trophy 'Sport – Inspiration for Youth' while the women's side won the best team award for the fifth year in a row. Sara Klisura and Sanja Malagurski received the award on behalf of the women's team while Milos Terzic was there representing the men's team, along with Vladimir Grbic, brother of Nikola, who could not attend the ceremony due to club engagements in Italy.

Serbia's women have had a stellar year which saw them clinch the CEV European League for the second time in a row and qualification for the 2011 FIVB Grand Prix.
Meanwhile the men's side won bronze at both the FIVB Men's World Championship Italy 2010 and the 2010 FIVB World League.

"I am very satisfied, of course, but I must add that Nikola Grbic is still a great player, and despite the rumours that this was the last time he played for us, it is up to him to decide. Maybe he hasn't made up his mind yet, so I hope he remains with the team," Mr Slobodan Milosevic, secretary general of the Volleyball Federation of Serbia said.

"This time our senior teams were praised and awarded but our junior teams are second and third in Europe, our Youth Boys are the World Champions and our Youth Girls are World Vice-Champions, so I think that's unique in this country and it must be mentioned. Volleyball in Serbia is very much alive and all of our teams should be on that podium."


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