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which left lasting

which left lasting consequences. Kipa shared in the fate of the rest of us, when together with a few other competitors, for the same reasons as we did, had to leave the club. Because of the high position that Jovanović held in the club management, and the fact that he was professionally engaged in the Union of Organizations For Physical Culture of Podgorica on judo issues, all the attempts to positively influence the oncoming events, were in vain. The team “Titograd” was fortunate enough to have incoming judokas who had been already formed in The Police High School from Sremska Kamenica joining it every year. Among them were Ranko Miranović, Zajim Kriještorac, Vukašin Đurović, Ratko Petković, Veselin Pešić and many others. They arrived as “finished products” and hence acted as the backbone of the team “Titograd”, which, thanks to them, achieved good results and, therefore, both the departures of many competitors and what they had been going through over a long period passed unnoticed. Characteristic in this respect is the “instance” of injustice done to Ranko Miranović, the captain of the national team, holder of the double absolute champion title, double Balkan champion and the Mediterranean Championship first runner-up, the best Montenegrin judoka after Bečanović. He was declared the best Montenegrin athlete and the best contestant in numerous international competitions. Miranović, indisputably the best in his category, was to travel to the 1980 Olympics in Moscow. However, at the meeting of the Expert Council of the Judo Union of Yugoslavia, to the amazement of all, his coach (Mirko Jovanović) was against the selection, stating that Miranović was not doing training practice regularly, which, of course was not true. Invitations for Ranko Miranović to join the national team arriving at the club address were hidden and torn and, without the required number of participations in international competitions, his career was doomed to failure. All this injustice would not have been possible if the then presidents of the Judo Club “Titograd” had not, to use an understatement, turned a blind eye to the actions of the coach Jovanović along with the overall situation in the club. One of the then presidents revealed later to Miranović in confidence that his invitations for the national team “ended up in the trash”. 92

It was not before 1981, after twenty “chased off” competitors of “Titograd” (Ranko Miranović, Vukašin Đurović, Vaso Đokić, Sreten Kipa, Milorad Mladenović, Momčilo Markuš, Mihailo, Vojin and Božidar Markuš, Dragan Đuretić, Gano Janković, Zdravko Milić, Pavle Milić, Dragomir Škatarić and Marko Velimirović) had addressed all socio-political and sport institutions of the city of Titograd in writing, and with the “damage” done becoming evident, that some personnel changes were made in the Judo Union of Montenegro, which significantly weakened the position of the wrongdoers in “Titograd”. As an account of an extremely bad situation in “Titograd”, I shall quote from “The Report on the Work of the Presidency of the Judo Union of Montenegro for the period 1981-1982” (page 2, paragraph 3): “…In this respect, we should point out the negative example of “Titograd”, which, despite the quality of its broad judo base, for a long time has not met its statutory obligations (has failed to hold a conference, the official club president has distanced himself from the club activities, the club responsibilities have been taken over by individuals, etc.).” To the detriment of judo sport both in Titograd and Montenegro, the situation described lasted a long time. Judo in Podgorica and Montenegro even now suffers the consequences of the conflict between Milić and Jovanović and of the extremely undue reaction of the club management and the Union. At the time of these events in Podgorica, Nikšić saw a lot of work. Instead of quarreling, the judokas opted for fellowship. The judo clubs “Akademik”, led by Petar Ilić, and “Čelik”, founded by the coach and competitor Dr Dušan Martinović, and later the judo clubs “Braća Labudović”, with coaches Dr Bojan Mandić and Ljubo Nikolić, an engineer, and “Dragova Luka”, with the coach Milinko Labudović, became the most powerful centre of the Yugoslav judo. The judo club “Titograd” changed its name to “Budućnost”, which dropped out of the Federal League. Vukašin Đurović, having become the coach, the work in the club became more serious, which led to remarkable results. 93

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