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Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic paid tribute to legendary late Serbian basketball coach Dusan Ivkovic at a ceremony in Belgrade on Monday.
"Ivkovic is a great man, he will never leave Serbia or from our hearts, he won’t be forgotten," said Vucic.
The 77-year-old, who died on Thursday, was regarded as a colossus of European basketball, having lead his national team, as well as several European clubs, to many triumphs throughout a long career.
Several former basketball players could be seen in attendance at the memorial, with the current President of the Basketball Federation of Serbia, Predrag Danilovic, among those honouring Ivkovic.
"The history of Serbian, Yugoslav, and European basketball is unthinkable without his name," said Danilovic, adding that the late coach once said "that basketball is not part of his life, it is his whole life."
SOT, Aleksandar Vucic, Serbian President (Serbian): "I am glad Serbia had this man and he will remain part of us. And although the he is physically no longer with us, Dusan Duda Ivkovic is a great man, he will never leave Serbia or from our hearts, he won’t be forgotten."
SOT, Zeljko Obradovic, Basketball coach (Serbian): "His heritage is enormous. He educated and raised a huge number of players. They all agree that he helped them become not only great players, but great humans. One of those privileged players was me. I first met him in the late 70s and our first cooperation started in 1988 when he invited me into the national team."
SOT, Zelko Obradovic, Basketball coach (Serbian): "My brother, you are here and you will remain there forever. Great respect."
SOT, Predrag Danilovic, President of Basketball Federation of Serbia and former basketball player (Serbian): "As a President of the Basketball Federation of Serbia I have the obligation to emphasise that our federation today wouldn’t be what it is without Dusan Ivkovic. Also, the history of Serbian, Yugoslav, and European basketball is unthinkable without his name. Today, many of us bear the fruits of his half century long work in basketball, in that work he gave 100 percent of himself. Anyway, he once emphasised that basketball is not part of his life, it is his whole life."
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