Humans have an innate love of stories and epic personal stories have remarkable impact. Who wasn’t affected by Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom? Andre Agassi tells his life story in ‘Open’—and that’s an all-time top autobiography. In Champion’s Journey, Professor Dr Nebojsa Popovic shares his remarkable life story: from his childhood in Banja Luka, Bosnia, to finding handball, his crowning sporting achievement as an Olympic champion, and his extraordinary life as a medical pioneer, citizen of the world, friend of Sheiks, and humanitarian.
Champion’s Journey is more than simply a retelling of a remarkable life lived in the service of others. Popovic distils the essence of sport and life: how they are intertwined, and how to harness sport for good. Popovic advocates for play as an essential part of childhood. He shares advice, honed by years of medical experience, on nurturing the talented child in sport, how to deal with pushy parents, and balancing the aspirations of elite sport with completing an education.
What makes a world-class doctor? Is there life after an elite sport career? What is the future of the Olympic Games? These topics, and more, are examined with Popovic’s trademark frank approach to the big issues in life and sport.
Professor Karim Khan MD, PhD, MBA
The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, CA
Former Editor-in-Chief of BJSM