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The finals of the World Basketball Championship in 1990 in Argentina will be remembered for the victory of Yugoslavia, but also for the incident that happened after the final match
Vlade Divac, Photo: printscreen you tube
Yugoslavia then defeated the USSR (92:75), and when our basketball players were celebrating the victory, Tomas Sakic with the Croatian flag flew on the floor of the “Luna Park” hall in Buenos Aires, and our center Vlade Divac took it away and threw it on the floor. .
It is speculated that Tomas Sakic is the son of notorious Ustashas and cruel butchers from the Jasenovac, Dinko and Nada Sakic camps, but there is no authentic evidence for that.
Dinko Sakic was the manager of the Jasenovac camp during the Second World War, and after the end of the war he emigrated to Argentina.
In Argentina, Dinko and Nada had three children, and all three were baptized by Ante Pavelić. Dinko Sakic is entered in the register of citizens as Ljubomir Bilanovic Sakic, and his children inherited that name.
Thomas never wanted to talk about the knowledge that he is the son of Dinko and Nada Sakic. Thus, he left room for speculation that he is indeed a descendant of the notorious Ustashas from the Jasenovac camp.
– I brought the Croatian flag with a chessboard into the hall, instead of the one with a five-pointed star, the communist one. I had the accreditation of a photojournalist, I worked for a local newspaper. When Divac kidnapped me, I started running, but it was difficult for me, because I had a bag on my back – Sakic said a few years ago.
Sakic described the situation in more detail.
– The photos do not show that, but there was a moment when we were ten centimeters face to face, dragging ourselves by the flag. I was 180 centimeters, and he was 216. The players were ordered not to react because they knew that such things could happen. And then I stayed withdrawn, I didn’t want to harm Argentina. I did not support Yugoslavia against the Soviet Union, but I did not support losing either. I cheered for the Croats from the team of Toni Kukoč, Petrović, Zoran Čutura. I thought that Divac was also a Croat. It was only at the moment when he grabbed my flag that I realized that he was a Serb. He never declared himself politically – he said.
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