April 5th, 2017
The Memorial Tournament Play for 16 has been organized by public broadcaster Radio Television of Serbia (RTS) for the past 18 years and it is dedicated to the memory of 16 employees of RTS who were killed in the NATO bombing on April 23rd, 1999.
The tournament has been organized in other Serbian cities besides Belgrade since 2013. This year 16 teams competed at the tournament held in Nis. Like last year the team “Market Ama” won. They will participate in the Tornament Super Finals that will be held in Belgrade this weekend.
On this occasion, the member of Nis City Council Branislav Kacar organized a reception for the team that would represent Nis in Belgrade in the tournament where the competition did not matter as much as the message that the tournament was conveying, i.e., the memory of the tragically killed young people whom should never be forgotten.
This is the first year that the City of Nis is actively helping the tournament organization in many ways. First of all, the city administration gives its sports facilities for free so that tournament can be held, helps to transport team to Belgrade Finals, and the City of Nis Administration team is participating in the tournament as well.
The City of Nis has recognized that it is important to remember the innocent victims but that it is the opportunity to promote sports, healthy living and mini-football as one of the most recognizable brands of Nis through socializing and competition.
At the reception held at Nis City Hall, the member of Nis City Council Branislav Kacar presented to the team captain the coin with the image of Emperor Constantine the Great as well as balls for mini-football and the City of Nis will provide sports uniforms for the tram and it will organizethe trip to Belgrade.
The whole Serbia, through the mini-football tournament, pays tribute to the tragically killed RTS employees but also to all victims of NATO aggression against our country, with a clear message – that they shall never be forgotten.