For this fifth EMCA birthday, we conclude our #70SportWays with a special story, the story of the basketball player of S.S. Lazio Abdul Jeelani
#70SportWays (69): Zlatko Šimenc, a true example of multisport: Water Polo and Handball national team player, doctor of kinesiology
There are few people in the world who can say that they played for two different national teams, but one such person has from his first sport steps been a member of HAŠK Mladost. This person is Zlatko Šimenc – one of the few athletes who could choose which sport he would like to play – water polo or handball. In the end he did not choose but became great in both.
Nineteen Grand Slam singles titles, 302 weeks at World No.1 and an incredible comeback to win an 8th Wimbledon title at the age of nearly 36. This is Roger Federer.
Arguably boxing’s most celebrated athlete, also known for his public stance against the Vietnam War and his longtime battle with Parkinson’s disease: this is Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Clay): a boxer, philanthropist and social activist who is universally regarded as one of the greatest athletes of the 20th century
This story is a perfect example of the fundamental values of sport: fair competition, above all, and the ability to distinguish proper sporting rivalry from enmity: we are talking about Jess Owens and Luz Long
Spitz is one of five Olympians to win nine or more career gold medals. His record of seven gold medals in a single Olympics (1972) was not surpassed until Phelps broke the record at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
In HAŠK Mladost there are a few clubs for people with special needs. Among them is Tomislav Ivašković, the best Croatian judoka with mental disabilities.
Billy Miske, alias The Saint Paul Thunderbolt (April 12th, 1894 – January 1st, 1924), was a professional boxer from Saint Paul, Minnesota.
It is difficult to describe Alex Zanardi with only one article. He is more than a single athlete: he is a strong person with an iron will and a true champion attitude.
Glorioso is considered the best Italian baseball player of history. Today his legacy is very strong and his considered as one of the most representative athletes of Polisportiva Lazio.