Bosnian committee to send its athletes to train abroad

December 20, 1992|By New York Times News Service

NEW YORK -- In an effort to preserve and nurture a generation of athletes, the Olympic Committee of Bosnia and Herzegovina has reached agreements with several national sports federations transport more than 200 of its most talented young people out of danger to top training centers throughout the world.

Among the sports federations that have agreed to train thathletes is the U.S. Olympic Committee. Harvey Schiller, the executive director of the USOC, has offered to play host to Bosnian lugers in Lake Placid, N.Y., perhaps within the next several months.

"It will take awhile, because it is like pulling a tooth just pullinthem all together into Sarajevo," said Seed Dizdarevic, who is acting as a liaison for the USOC in negotiations with Predrag Medjesk, an official with the Olympic Committee of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

At least two other sports federations have agreed to train several athletes from the war-torn republic, formerly a part of Yugoslavia. Turkey, which has ancestral ties to the area, has offered to accept and train 90 athletes. The German Olympic Committee has offered to accept 40 athletes.

This number in Germany would include about half of the shooting team. According to the preliminary plan, the other half would train in Colorado Springs, Colo.

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