The 2012 Olympic Games in London provided memories, lessons and inspiration for the region.
By Menekse Tokyay and Bedrana Kaletovic for Southeast European Times in Istanbul and Sarajevo -- 30/08/12
The Bosnia and Herzegovina athletes participate in the London Olympic opening ceremonies. [Reuters]
The athletes of Southeast Europe who competed in the London Olympic Games are cherishing their memories of the two-week experience – the long, proud walk in the Opening Ceremony parade of nations, living in the Olympic village and representing their country on a global stage.
Turkey's Servet Tazegul won a gold medal in taekwondo. "It is the first ever biggest organization that I witnessed. It is like a big family where all sportsmen from all around the world eat together, entrain themselves together and help each other."
While some countries were disappointed not to win many medals, the public remained supportive, both in London and at home.
"I think it was a great success that the colors of our flag at the Olympic Games in London defended by six experienced athletes. Otherwise, it is unrealistic to expect that they have a big success with modest investment in BiH's sport," Armin Kendić, a student in Bosnia and Herzegovina told SETimes.