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Tourism and sports are two interrelated activities in the sphere of tourist recreation. One of the special forms of tourism is sports tourism. These two forms of activities share the same subjects, and their functions are closely related. The organization of a sports event can significantly contribute to the development and improvement of the tourist offer of a municipality. In the case of Ćuprija, an international street race named after the athletic legend Aleksandar Aca Petrović has helped to achieve this goal. Aca Petrović (1934-2006), who was a geography teacher and a graduate of the Faculty of Science, Department of Geography, dedicated his entire life to athletics. He was responsible for finding and honing talents, and his efforts produced a galaxy of top athletes who gave Ćuprija more than 40 medals from the Balkan championship, 14 from the European championships, and one world record. Numerous world, European, and national champions emerged from the athletic workshop of this popular coach. For his work, Aca Petrović was twice awarded the Order of Merit for the Nation with a silver star. He also won the May Award of the Serbian Federation of Athletics Federations (1964), the Golden Badge of the Athletics Federation of Yugoslavia, and the Golden Plaque of the Athletics Federation of Serbia (1998). Ćuprija twice awarded him the October plaque for his results in sports and the affirmation of the city and our country. After his death, the oldest street race in Europe, which has been held in Ćuprija for 75 years, was named after him. The "Aleksandar Aca Petrović" memorial is held every year as part of the celebration of the Day of the Municipality of Ćuprija. The race is held in the city centre and is very attractive to visitors. One of the reasons for its charm is the large number of young participants, some of whom are only a few years old. These young athletes are intensively trained by their coach, Snežana Jovanović, throughout the year in preparation for this great ceremony. In honour of all those who have made Ćuprija recognizable for this magnificent sports discipline, the "Morava" athletics stadium was built according to the standards specified by Aleksandar Aca Petrović, which was his unfulfilled dream. Thanks to the vast knowledge and experience he passed on to his athletic successors, Ćuprija is now proud of extremely talented athletes such as Aleksa Milanović, Aleksa Tomić, and many others. Their coach, the great athletic star Dragan Zdravković, assures us that Ćuprija will soon become the capital of athletics. This is partly because of the success of the members of the "Morava" athletics club at European and world competitions, and partly because of the construction of the athletics hall.

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“Aleksandar Aca Petrović” street race

Ћуприја, Србија

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