Author of the articl: Guy Jaouen
From June 25 to 28, the city of Šabac in Serbia hosted the first meeting related to the TRAWECU project. Šabac is a community of 120,000 inhabitants 50km west of Belgrade.
This TRAWECU project is an ERASMUS+ project which aims to reflect on a better use of traditional sports (in the project traditional wrestling) in order to promote cultural tourism and local development. See the presentation PDF file Presentation TRAWECU En
This project is supported by a big sports club in Serres, a town in Central Macedonia, Greece. Other sports structures are partners, from Romania, Serbia and again from Greece. The University of León in Spain and the AEJeST complete the team. The partners’ delegates are all people with a strong experience, with several professors and academics. All the partners are either members or linked to AEJeST through their history. In June 2021, it was Jovica Mihailović, Marko Panović, Aca Stanojević and Marko Jovanović, the Serbian leaders, who welcomed the delegates. They were assisted by the Šabac Sports Union and the Serbian Sports Union. This Sports Union of Serbia is the organization responsible for the rural Olympic Games in Serbia. Since this year, there are three levels of competition: local, regional and national. The local then regional winners qualify for a national final which is scheduled for the end of August 2021.
The program had planned meetings with the municipality and the mayor, as well as the Press. A seminar attended by all TRAWECU partners as well as Serbian organizations was organized on Saturday morning. The delegates then participated on Sunday in the “Village Olympic Games” festival which saw a restricted participation due to the Covid. Flyer Serbia
Marko Panović is also President of the non-Olympic wrestling section of the Serbian wrestling federation and so the Šabac Olympic wrestling club has for goal to get the recognition of the old style Rvanje u Koštac in the list of intangible cultural heritage.A survey will also be carried out in the European regions concerned. This survey will focus on the representations of young people regarding what they think of traditional wrestling, as well as to what extent they know these practices, etc … In Serbia the survey will also reach out to the older populations that follow traditional wrestling, for example through competitions during unofficial events (weddings, school practice, pastoral games, village festivals).
Next meeting in Greece during a tourist and commercial week.