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Brođanci – Ancient sports Olympics
If you want to find out in which sporting skills the Slavonian peasants competed in a long time ago, there is no better place to visit than Brođanci and the Olympics of ancient sports. In this small Slavonian town, every last Sunday in August, a competition is held in a variety of ancient sports that were the entertainment of shepherds guarding flocks, farmers in leisure, and children playing. These skills were once used by young men trying to impress girls or beat lads from a neighboring village. Today, however, sport disciplines such as rope pulling, throwing a stone from the shoulder, hitting a target with horseshoes or running in sacks do not have a serious competitive nature, but provide great entertainment for participants and fans.

The Olympics were founded in 1973. as a sport and cultural event for the preservation and fostering of national wealth and national heritage of the region.

The village Brođanci is located about 5 km from Bizovac. Its name was mentioned in the Middle Ages (1336) entitled Kerestelke (Križevo field), and the name Brođanci probably derives from the words ‘brod (boats) and janci’ because in this place, once surrounded by streams and backwaters of rivers, lots of small boats docked.


The Tourist Board of the Osijek-Baranja County
www.tzosbarzup.hr

The County Bizovac
www.opcina-bizovac.hr
 
 

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