History of the Olympic Committee of Slovenia - Association of Sports Federations


15 October 1991 is the birthday of the Olympic Committee of Slovenia. On this day, the Slovenian Olympic Document was signed in the Štihova hall of the Cankarjev Dom cultural centre in Ljubljana. Beside Leon Štukenj and Miro Cerar, the siging was witnessed by delegates from 29 professional associations of Olympic sports and 5 professional associations of sports recognized by the IOC.

The founding general assembly of OCS was organized just over two months later on 17 December 1991 in the assembly hall of the University of Ljubljana. The first management of the organization was elected at that assembly. Janez Kocijančič was elected as the first President and Miro Cerar became the first Vice President. Beside the President and the Vice President, the first Executive Board consisted of  Tjaša Andree - Prosenc, Ivo Daneu, Marko Ilešič, Matjaž Jemec, Janko Kosmina, Avgust Likovnik, Janez  Matoh, Dušan Prezelj and Janez Stele.

Between November 1991 and February 1992, Slovenia was recognized by many of the most successful countries in the world, including Germany, Italy, Croatia and France.


The International Olympic Committee (IOC) recognized the independence of Slovenian Olympic sport on 5 February 1992, when OCS was accepted as a full member of IOC. OCS was accepted previously on 17 January on a temporary basis. In the same year, OCS became a full member of the Association of European National Olympic Committees (EOC).

Slovenian athletes were thus able to participate at the Olympic Games. The first Slovenian Olympic appearance was in February of that year at the XVI. Winter Olympic Games in Albertville, France, and the next at the XXV. Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain. Slovenian athletes won the first Olympic medals under the flag of independent Slovenia. At the Barcelona Olympics, Slovenians participated in 12 events and won two bronze medals in rowing. We were also extremely proud of our Paraolympic athletes who returned from Spain with three medals, two of which were gold.

The importance of Slovenian sport is recognized also by Slovenian companies. OCS signed the first sponsorship agreements with successful companies in June 1992. The following companies were the first to enter the Olympic family of Slovenian companies: Istrabenz, RTV Slovenija, IUV, Intereuropa, Slovenijašport, Kompas Holidays, Pivovarna Laško, DZS, Gorenjski tisk, Walter Wolf, Mura, Adriatic, Grand hotel Union and Cetis.


On 14 June, OCS was accepted into the International Committee of the Mediterranean Games (ICMG), giving Slovenian athletes the right to participate at the Mediterranean Games. In the second half of June, the French region of Languedoc-Roussilon hosted 159 athletes who won 20 medals for Slovenia.
Juan Antonio Samaranch, President of the International Olympic Committee visited Slovenia for the first time since independence. The words he spoke upon his visit, used to summarize the development of sports and Olympic ideals in Slovenia continue to resonate to this day: »You are a small nation, but a great one in sports!«

In 1993, the role of main sponsor of Slovenian Olympic teams became SKB banka which continues to remain loyal to Slovenian Olympians to this day.


Prior to the establishment of the main sports organization as we know it today, the Olympic Committee of Slovenia (est. 15. October 1991) was working alongside the Sports Union of Slovenia which was operating primarily towards the development of sports and accompanying activities.
In order to improve organization, improve marketing possibilities, maintain a unified presence at home and abroad and rationalization of operations, members of both the OCS and the Sports Union decided to join forces in a common organization named the Olympic Committee of Slovenia - Association of Sports Federations.

The current common organization was established by means of a decision adopted by the members of OCS and the Sports Union of Slovenia at separate assemblies on 22 December 1994. On the same day, the new, common organization held its first general assembly and elected a new leadership: Janez Kocijančič was elected President and Vice Presidencies were given to Janez Matoh and Matjaž Jemec. Members of the new Executive Board were: Tja¬ša An¬dree -Pro¬senc,  Miro Ce¬rar, Raj¬mond De¬be¬vec, Jo¬že Ger¬šak, Mar-ko Ile¬šič, Er¬nest Jaz¬bin¬šek, Av¬gust Li¬kov¬nik, Jan¬ko Ko¬smi¬na, Ja¬nez Pil¬gram, Franc Po¬lon¬čič, Du¬šan Pre¬zelj and Ja¬nez So¬drž¬nik. The Executive Board appointed Tone Jagodic as Secretary General.


One of the most important tasks of the Olympic Committee of Slovenia - Association of Sports Federations is the development of the Olympic movement in Slovenia. For this purpose, OCS -ASF established the Slovenian Olympic Academy in January of 1995. The Executive Board appointed Miro Cerar as its President and Rajko Šugman as the Director.

The Slovenian Olympic Academy operates as a special expert education body, working towards maintaining and promoting the Olympic idea as a life philosophy. At the end of the year, OCS also established the Board for Sports at a Local Level which, along with the Board of Sports for Everyone and the Board for Top Sports, represents a corner stone of the sports organization. The Board functions as a linking member for all local sports associations and strives to improve cooperation and ties between associations and works towards realizing goals relevant to the development of sports at a local level.

Beside the introduction of new organization concepts in OCS, the year 1995 is important also because of new sources of financing of Slovenian sports. At the end of the year, OCS - ASF established the Športna loterija d.d. sports lottery which marked a new approach in the procurement of financial assets for sports since part of the concession duties for games of chance are distributed to sports organizations via the Foundation for Financing of Sports Organizations.


 In 1996 the world and Slovenia with it celebrated the 100th anniversary of the first modern Olympic Games. OCS - ASF also celebrated the fifth anniversary of its establishment. In order to maintain and raise the Olympic idea in Slovenia, OCS - ASF launched a number of projects and events aimed at spreading Olympic thought and creating varied and friendly opportunities for socializing of sports enthusiasts.

Slovenian Olympians are dutifully winning medals: the Olympic team returns home from Atlanta with two medals and the Paralympic team brings home five.
The oldest living Olympian Leon Štukelj impressed the world with his presence at the Atlanta Olympics opening ceremony. 


In 1997, OCS - ASF adopted the Rules on Prizes and Awards in order to give athletes, coaches, sports workers and other deserving individuals the recognition they deserve for their contributions to the development of Slovenian sports. The list of award winners currently holds 147 names of individuals and sports associations.

In order to raise the share of Slovenians actively involved in sports, OCS - ASF launched the Olympic Card project which joins together interested providers of sports services and manufacturers of sports equipment and enables card holders to spend their active free time at well-established centers of sports tourism free of charge. Slovenia appointed two ambassadors of sport, gymnast Miro Cerar and handball player Simona Šturm with Stanislav Pintar serving as substitute. European sports ambassadors met for the first time in Strasbourg in December.

President of the IOC, Mr. Juan Antonio Samaranch, visited Slovenia for the second time during the Golden Fox ski competition. The President of the Republic of Slovenia presented Mr. Samaranch with the honorable golden symbol of freedom, a high decoration of the state.


The entire 1998 was marked by the 100th anniversary of the birth of Olympian Leon Štukelj, which was celebrated by an international symposium on sports, age and health in Bled, organized by OCS - ASF and the Slovenian Olympic Academy. Before the beginning of the symposium, the Slovenian Olympic Academy established the Club of Slovenian Olympians and appointed Miro Cerar as its President. The 100th birthday of Leon Štukelj was marked also by the publication of a book titled 100 years - 100 pictures.The main ceremony to mark the 100th birthday of Leon Štukelj was visited also by Juan Antonio Samaranch.



In mid-June at the 109th assembly of the IOC in Seul, Slovenia presented its bid to organize the XX. winter Olympics in cooperation with Italy and Austria. The Games Without Borders project received much praise, but unfortunately not enough support. The organization of the 20th Winter Olympics in 2006 was awarded to Torino, Italy.

As part of its efforts a assure a good position for Slovenian athletes, OCS - ASF begun carrying out important projects such as the introduction of above standard insurance for top athletes, the introduction of the right to provide licenses to athletes and sports workers in top sports and the introduction of athlete grants (75 athletes were awarded the grant in the first year).

Slovenia hosted the assembly of the Executive Committee of European non-governmental organizations (ENGSO) in Ljubljana and the assembly of the International Council for Arbitration in Sports (ICCAS) in Bled. The latter was attended also by ICAS President and IOC Vice-President IOC Keba Mbaye and member of the Executive Council of the IOC Thomas Bach.
The Slovenian Olympic Academy funded the Fair Play Committee and the Commission for Women's Sport was established as part of OCS - ASF.

The end of 1999 was marked by a sad departure of the oldest Slovenian Olympian. 8. On 8 November, just three days before his 101st birthday, Leon Štukelj passed away. Faced by the painful loss of the established of OCS and a true legend of Slovenian sport, OCS - ASF organized a fitting farewell which was attended by the President of IOC. 


Participation at the Sydney Olympics in Australia brought the greatest success of independent Slovenian sport. Two gold medals enriched the Slovenian medal collection with the most valuable of colors.

After years of drafting, the Slovenian National Assembly adopted the National Program of Sports which included key proposals of sports associations, collected and forwarded by OCS - ASF.
Projects in the field of sports for everybody were expanded by the projects Slovenia Cycles and Recipe for Healthy Living with Sports. The latter was selected as the best in its class among competition from 16 European countries at an international conference in Stockholm. The project was awarded the Prize of the King Gustav V Foundation which includes a financial prize.

A resounding international success was achieved by student Mateja Prunk from Izola. As the winner of the UNESCO Global Art Competition, she was a guest of the IOC at the Sydney Olympics. Her drawing served as the basis for an Olympic and peace themed UN stamp.
President of the Republic of Slovenia, Milan Kučan, received the statue of the Olympic Gate from the IOC as a gift to presidents of all countries whose national Olympic committees are members of the international Olympic organization.


OCS-ASF celebrated its 10th anniversary in the middle of October. In the same year, OCS - ASF and the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport together founded the National Antidoping Commission to take over the fight against the use of forbidden substances in sport. Jožko Osredkar was elected president of the commission.

In June, OCS - ASF hosted an assembly of all Secretaries General of all European Olympic committees and heads of delegations to Salt Lake City 2002 in Portorož. The seminar was also attended by current IOC president Jacques Rogge.


Slovenian athletes brought home a new medal from the 20th Winter Olympic Games. Ski jumpers achieved bronze in the team competition.In September, Ljubljana hosted the congress of the European Fair Play Association with over 90 official participants and sports ambassadors.

Janez Kocijančič extended his service as OCS President after a regular vote at the general assembly.


OCS - ASF hosted young athletes, participants of the European Youth Olympic Festival in Bled.
In cooperation with the Football Association of Slovenia, OCS also launched the Football Street project in three major cities in Slovenia, Ljubljana, Koper and Murska Sobota. Tournaments and football practice sessions in the project included 330 children. The project was part of the European project of street football, organized by the German Football Association.OCS - ASF started the project of opening regional offices.


Slovenian Athletes returned from Athens bearing four new Olympic medals. Beside medals in track and field and rowing, in which medals were won before, Slovenians were thrilled with medals in judo and sailing which clearly showed that the top of Slovenian sport is expanding and showing much promise for further development.

Another four medals in Athens were contributed also by Paralympic athletes.In 2004, OCS - ASF continued with the introduction of regional offices which serve mostly as aid to sports organizations in local environments and inform of current events. At one of its regular meetings, the Executive Board adopted new Rules of the National Antidoping Commission, coordinated with the WADA code.


Slovenia made its first appearance at the World Games in Duisburg, Germany. Competitions in 34 non-Olympic sports at the World Games yielded 4 medals for Slovenia.The 159-strong contingent of Slovenian athletes, who represented the country at the Mediterranean Games in Almeria contributed a further 36 medals to the list of medals won in international competition.

In cooperation with the Centre for School and Elective Activities, OCS -ASF opened two Olympic centres in Planica and Seča near Portorož. In the field of top sports, two years of expert analytical work of a special group of OCS - ASF professionals yielded a draft of the new Rules and Criteria for Registration and Categorization of Athletes in the Republic of Slovenia. 

In July, the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia organized a panel where expatriate sport was presented for the first time with its own dedicated workgroup tasked with exploring the wishes and requirements of Slovenian expatriate athletes and Slovenian athletes around the world. The Panel included a delegation of OCS - ASF. Participants emphasized the role of sports as a means of strengthening Slovenian identity, particularly abroad. OCS - ASF President Janez Kocijančič was elected into the  Executive Board of EOC at the 34th general assembly of EOC in Dublin.


The Torino Olympics brought no new medals, but the participation of Slovenian athletes was nevertheless assessed as successful. Slovenians did get the opportunity to see the Olympic fire as the path of the Olympic torch crossed our country.

With the beginning of the year, a subsidiary of OCS - ASF named OKS-Olimp began its operations as a service company, dedicated mostly to operating in marketing. The company took over all the marketing activities of OCS - ASF and supplemented its activities with services in the field of finances, logistics and training.

OCS - ASF launched the Mini Olympics project in which children in the first three years of primary school are taught about Olympism, Olympic values and fair play.
Janez Kocijančič extended his service as OCS President after a regular vote at the general assembly.


OCS - ASF founded the Top Athletes Fund in order to support the best Slovenian athletes. In 2007, financial incentives were given to medal winners of the Athens Olympics.

In the field of sports for everyone, OCS - ASF and the Ministry of Education and Sport developed the web based Online Calendar of Sports for Everyone which allows all organizers of sports and recreation events to publish their date online free of charge.


New Olympic medals earned Slovenia its highest placement yet on the leaderboard of countries with medals per inhabitant. With 5 Olympic medals in Beijing, Slovenia became the third country in the world in terms of medals won per inhabitant. The 30-strong Beijing Paralympic team was also the greatest to date,  winning 3 medals.


During the Beijing Olympics, OCS - ASF started the Slovenian Olympic City project to bring the Olympic pulse to the capital of Slovenia to those sports fans that could not watch the Games live. The seven day event was organized in BTC in Ljubljana and offered a visitors a number of sports activities beside watching Olympic competition on the big screens. The Slovenian Olympic City was visited by all Slovenian Olympic medal winners after their return from Beijing.

OCS - ASF adopted the Rules on the Fight Against Doping of the National Antidoping Commission and the Rules Against Doping of OCS - ASF at the request of WADA. The two documents are the basis for a more efficient fight against the use of banned substances in sports.


On the basis of received documents regarding doping and the expectations of WADA and IOC, OCS - ASF reorganized and directed itself to a more intensive fight against doping in sports on all fronts. The Anti Doping Department was established in 2009.

Slovenian athletes again thrilled us with excellent appearances and many medals at the Mediterranean Games in Pescara. They won 26 medals in 11 events.


The Vancouver Olympics were marked by two Slovenian heroines: Petra Majdič had a terrible crash and went on to win Slovenia an Olympic medal with several broken ribs, for which she also received the Terry Fox award (given to athletes who personify determination and humility in the face of adversity), while Tina Maze became the only Slovenian athlete to win two medals at one Olympics. 

Singapore hosted the Youth Olympics in August 2010. It was the first event of its kind, introduced by the IOC at the incentive of President Jacques Rogge. A delegation of 24 Slovenian athletes travelled to the historic games to compete in 11 events and brought home 4 medals.In sports for everybody, the Sports Weekends project proved a great success and represented an important step in the promotion of sports at a local level and promotion of regular sports activity among the population. Janez Kocijančič was again elected President at the regular general assembly, making it his fifth term in a row.