Franjo Bučar (Zagreb, 25 November 1866 – Zagreb, 26 December 1946) was a Croatian writer and sports popularizer of Slovenian origin. He is considered to be the father of Croatian sport and olympism.
As a historian of literature he worked on the study of Croatian literature and wrote about Scandinavian literature. He was a prominent sports writer and wrote manuals for many types of sports.
He participated in the establishment of numerous clubs and professional alliances and also played a prominent role in Sokol organization. He left an extensive correspondence with major figures of European culture and sport and created a library of several thousand volumes. He received national and international awards. In 1909 Bučar was elected the first president of Croatian Sports Federation which he founded. He was the founder and president of the Yugoslav Olympic Committee which initially worked in Zagreb. He was a member of the International Olympic Committee from 1920 until his death in 1946.
In 1991 Croatia established Franjo Bučar State Award for Sport, the highest award for exceptional achievements in the development of sport.
Bučar's greatest personal result was second place in the "steep run" on the ski competition in Prague in 1896.
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