State awards given to judoists Akil Gjakova and Distria Krasniqi


Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Memli Krasniqi awarded officially today the state awards to two young judoists, Akil Gjakova and Distria Krasniqi for their medals won in the European judo championships. The awards are given pursuant to Regulation no. 15/2013 for giving State Awards to the sportsmen achieving culminant results in international competitions.

Judoist Akil Gjakova took the award in value of 5000 Euro, as a winner of the Golden Medal in Judo in the category of Cadets (-66 kg) in the European Championship of Cadets held on 21-23 June 2013 in Estonia.

Whereas, Distria Krasniqi, received 4000 Euro, for two bronze medals she won in European championships held on 20-22 September 2013 in Sarajevo, respectively 15-17 November 2013 in Bulgaria.

Based on the regulation, the trainer of judoists, Driton Kuka was awarded the 50 % of the value of each award won by the sportsmen. In this case Kuka was awarded with 4500 Euro.

In the ceremony held in MCYS, Minister Krasniqi said that giving these awards testifies once again the dedication that our youth is showing in many sports, and for the attention that our state is already giving to them. In addition h stated that Kosovo every year, each year more and more is creating strong potential in many sports and competitive too in international level.

“These awards are evidence that Kosovo is creating a team of sportsmen for competitions in international level, by setting high standards all over the world for the work and success and also creating a team which is going to represent Kosovo in coming Olympic games”, minister Krasniqi said, adding that these successes are a result of an immense work of Ippon club, Federation and all sports community.

On the other hand, Gjakova and Krasniqi thanked the minister for the support that the minister gave them continuously and for creating legislation which ensures support and meritorious awards. He said that this support is an additional motive for them and for the other sportsmen.

Whereas their trainer, Driton Kuka said that they will continue working even more for greater successes. He called this year a historical one for the successes shown in international level.

“These awards, this attention we have had from his team, and by the minister himself, have really restored our dignity as a trainer and as sportsmen”, he added.