Franjo Bučar

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Franjo Bučar's monument in Zagreb

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.[1]

Bučar was born to Slovenian father and Croatian mother[2] and educated in Zagreb, Vienna, and Stockholm. He worked on a study of Croatian literature and also wrote about Scandinavian literature. He was a prominent sports writer and wrote manuals for many types of sports. He was the popularizer and initiator of introduction of many sports in Croatia – football, gymnastics, ice skating, alpine skiing, ice hockey, fencing and others.[3]

He participated in the establishment of numerous clubs and professional alliances and also played a prominent role in Sokol organization.[4] 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 the Croatian Sports Federation, which he founded.[citation needed]

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.[5]

In 1991 the Franjo Bučar State Award for Sport, the highest award for exceptional achievements in the development of sport, was established in Croatia.


  1. ^ "Dobitnici nagrade Franjo Bučar za 2008.". 16 October 2008. Retrieved 26 February 2009. 
  3. ^ "Tko je bio Franjo Bučar?". 12 February 2009. Retrieved 26 February 2009. 
  4. ^ Jajčević, Zdenko (December 2004). "STO GODINA HRVATSKOG GIMNASTIČKOG SAVEZA 1904–2004". Retrieved 26 February 2009. 
  5. ^ Salaj, Branko (6 April 2007). "Franjo Bučar (1866-1946)". Retrieved 26 February 2009. 
Preceded by
Nikodije Stevanović
President of the
Yugoslav Olympic Committee

Succeeded by
Dušan Stefanović