KARLOVAC, 20 February 2017 (Hina) - HTV commentator Drago Ćosić received the Journalist of the Year Award, while a legend of the Sportske Novosti newspaper Neven Bertičević won the Lifetime Award at the 2016 CSJA Annual Awards ceremony held in Karlovac on Monday.


Long-time commentator and Croatian Television Sports Department editor Drago Ćosić won the Journalist of the Year Award in the year full of sporting events. Ćosić was head of the football EURO 2016 project in France, which had a high rating not only during the football matches, but also the shows before and after the matches. At the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, he commented on rowing, as well as on boxing and handball matches.


The Lifetime Award winner Neven Bertičević published his first articles in the Sportske Novosti daily sports newspaper in 1972 and he continued to publish them also after he retired. Tennis and basketball are his greatest sports loves. We remember him covering Goran Ivanišević on his path towards the 2001 Wimbledon title and he also reported from the Olympic Games from Sarajevo 1984 to Beijing 2008, as well as from world and European basketball championships. During last year's Davis Cup final between Croatia and Argentina, Bertičević received the first ITF Press Award for special contribution to the promotion of tennis and Davis Cup.


Pixell photographer Sanjin Strukić won the Sports Photography Recognition, while a bard of Jutarnji List and Croatian sports journalism Tomislav Židak won the Best Interview Recognition for his interviews with Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti, retired manager Ljubo Barin, Josip Skoblar and Ivica Olić.


Sportske Novosti journalist Kristina Leovac won the Best Reportage Recognition for her reportage presenting Madeira, the Portuguese island in the Atlantic Ocean, where Cristiano Ronaldo was born. Ivo Čičin Mašansker from Koprivnica won the Best Publishing Recognition for his book Vratar u zaleđu/Golman u ofsajdu (Goalkeeper in Offside). The Best TV Show Recognition went to Z1 TV Sport on Sunday and Best Radio Show Recognition to the HR2 Sports and Music programme. The Local Journalism Recognition was awarded to Jurica Vukojević from Opuzen for covering the Neretva boat marathon, while Jurica Gizdić won a Special Recognition for his book Hrvatski olimpijci i odličnici (Croatian Olympians and Eminent Figures). Cedevita Basketball Club had the Best Press Service last year, while rower Damir Martin, Olympic silver medallist from Rio, won the CSJA Media Cooperation Recognition.


The Award Ceremony at the Korana Srakovčić Hotel in Karlovac was also attended by State Secretary for Sport Janica Kostelić, President of the Croatian Olympic Committee Zlatko Mateša and Mayor of Karlovac Damir Jelić. The 26th CSJA Assembly chaired by Jura Ozmec took place before the ceremony.