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Nikša DOBUD
Sport Water Polo
NOC Croatia   
GenderMen
Born05 Aug 1985 in Dubrovnik, YUG
Height1.99 m
Weight 115 kg
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Daughters Nika and Marta [2019]
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Croatian, English
Higher education
Media Studies - University of Dubrovnik: Croatia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up water polo at age eight in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Club / Team
VK Jadran Split: Croatia
Name of coach
Mile Smodlaka [club], CRO
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Centre forward
Handedness
Right
Footedness
Right
International Debut
Year
2002
Competing for
Croatia
Location
Italy
General Interest
Hobbies
Playing and watching basketball. (slobodnadalmacija.hr, 02 Feb 2020)
Awards and honours
In 2013 he received the Franjo Bucar State Award for Sport in Croatia. (dubrovniknet.hr, 24 Nov 2013)

In 2009 and 2013 he won the Rudi Res Award as Best Croatian Male Water Polo Player. (dance.hr, 14 Feb 2017)

He was named the 2012 Male Athlete of the Year in Dubrovnik, Croatia. (dubrovacki.hr, 18 Feb 2013)
Other information
SANCTION
In April 2015 he was banned for four years by the International Swimming Federation [FINA] after anti-doping officials visited his home for an out-of-competition test and were denied entry by his wife. He appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport [CAS], who dismissed his appeal and upheld the sanction imposed by FINA. He was able to return to competition in April 2019. "I asked myself whether at 34 years old [in 2019] I wanted to return and if I could do it. I knew I didn't want to miss this opportunity. It is not an ordinary thing for someone to come back to sport after so long a break and at this age. But I can say now that when I am back in the swimming pool it feels good, extremely good. I am healthy and, most importantly, I have not lost motivation. It's a happy ending to this story." (tas-cas-jurisprudence.com, 15 Mar 2016; slobodnadalmacija.hr, 02 Feb 2020; swimswam.com, 16 Jul 2015; dubrovacki.hr, 15 Apr 2015; index.hr, 09 Jun 2015; sportcom.hr, 18 Jan 2016)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2012 London, ENG Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2013 Barcelona, ESP Team  
3 2011 Shanghai, CHN Team  
3 2009 Rome, ITA Team  
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2010 Oradea, ROU Team  
European Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2014 Budapest, HUN Team  
9 2012 Eindhoven, NED Team  
1 2010 Zagreb, CRO Team