Every-day life is greatly influenced by sport, which has undoubtedly become a social and economic phenomenon of high importance. Health benefits of physical activities are well known, but sport also promotes team spirit, solidarity and tolerance, thus encouraging social cohesion and human capital.
Sport is based on the principle of voluntary participation and everyone, regardless of their age, sex, race, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, social status, political or other convictions, is entitled to participate in sports activities.
Sports activities in the Republic of Croatia are regulated by the Sports Act (Official Gazette No. 71/06), enforced on July 6, 2006. Provisions of other acts also apply to sports activities, especially those regulating civil associations, education and economy. Furthermore, regulations governing the activities of state administration, civil engineering, financial and medical services apply as well.
The Sports Act defines the following fields of contemporary sport: sports system, persons involved in a sports system, sports activities, professional jobs in sport, status of sportsmen and sportswomen, sports clubs, sports and athletes with physical and sensorial disabilities, sports and children and young people, sports health care, sports buildings, public needs regarding sport, financing, state sports awards, etc.