Zagreb - The parliament on Friday adopted the 2019-2026 National Sports Programme, as the first strategic document for planning in the field of sports in Croatia.
The document comprises six general and 19 specific goals, as well as 63 measures and 148 activities that are to be implemented in the said period to improve the state of affairs in sports, the deputy state secretary for sports, Krešimir Samoja, said today.
The goals cover efforts to solve issues regarding financing and infrastructure, professional personnel, and care for professional athletes as well as the issue of prevailing inactivity among the Croats.
As many as 62% of Croatians physically inactive -- survey
As many as 62 percent of Croatians aged 15 and over do not engage in any sport, recreation or any form of physical activity, according to a 2017 survey carried out by the State Office for Sport.
Thirty-eight percent of respondents engage in sports, recreation or other forms of physical activity, of whom 12 percent do so three to four times a week and 9 percent five times a week or more frequently.
Physical activities are mostly pursued by city dwellers, highly educated and higher-income people in their thirties, and students aged 15-20. Both men and women equally engage in these activities.
The survey revealed that as people age they are less engaged in physical activities.The survey was conducted in June 2017 on a sample of 1,000 people aged 15 and over, of whom 52% were women and 48% were men, for the purpose of drawing up the National Sports Programme.