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Nikola RADJEN
Sport Water Polo
NOC Serbia   
GenderMen
Born29 Jan 1985 in Sombor, YUG
Height1.94 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Daughters Nina and Tea
Residence
Belgrade, SRB
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Serbian
Higher education
Sport Studies - Nikola Tesla Union University: Belgrade, SRB
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 1994 in Novi Sad, Serbia.
Why this sport?
"I tried a lot of sports starting with karate, through to football, and finally to the swimming pool, because I was a plump kid and started to have problems with my back. That's how I chose water polo."
Club / Team
VK Crvena Zvezda: Belgrade, SRB
Name of coach
Aleksandar Filipovic [club], SRB
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Centre back
Handedness
Right
International Debut
Year
2004
Competing for
Serbia and Montenegro
Tournament
Peace Tournament
Location
Russia
General Interest
Nicknames
Radja (rs.n1info.com, 07 Jul 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold at the 2009 World Championships in Rome, Italy. (prva.rs, 11 Jan 2020)
Other information
KIDS CAMP AND CLUB
In 2017 he launched an aquatic camp for children called 'Number One'. The camp includes training in water polo, swimming, and artistic swimming. In August 2018 he opened a club called Wind Sport in Pancevo, Serbia, to provide further opportunities for children in aquatic sports. He has also served as director of VK Crvena Zvezda's Academy of Water Sports. "I wanted to mark my long career with the opening of my own water polo club, called Wind Sport. We will give all participants the opportunity to work and train with champions, to become champions themselves one day." (vaterpolovesti.com, 25 Jun 2021; hellomagazin.rs, 11 Mar 2021; akademijacrvenazvezda.rs, 01 Jan 2021; alo.rs, 08 Nov 2018, 11 Sep 2018)

SANCTION
In May 2015 Greek club Olympiacos terminated his contract after it was announced he had tested positive for cocaine. In August 2015 the International Swimming Federation [FINA] suspended him for four years, with the ban in effect until May 2019. He successfully appealed to the Court of Arbitration of Sport [CAS] to reduce the ban from four years to two years, and he became eligible to play again in February 2017. (vaterpolovesti.com, 02 Jun 2017; fina.org, 17 Jun 2016; hellomagazin.rs, 28 Mar 2016; swimswam.com, 24 Aug 2015; waterpoloworld.com, 20 May 2015, 19 May 2015)

FURTHER EDUCATION
He has studied at the faculty of sport at Nikola Tesla Union University in Belgrade, Serbia. (hellomagazin.rs, 05 Oct 2015)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2012 London, ENG Team  
3 2008 Beijing, CHN Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2013 Barcelona, ESP Team  
2 2011 Shanghai, CHN Team  
1 2009 Rome, ITA Team  
European Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2014 Budapest, HUN Team  
1 2012 Eindhoven, NED Team  
3 2010 Zagreb, CRO Team  
2 2008 Málaga, ESP Team