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Nikša
Dobud
CroatiaCroatia, CRO
Water polo

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
05 August 1985
Height
199 cm
Family
Wife Zrinka, one daughter
Residence
Dubrovnik, CRO
Occupation
Athlete
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.
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Centre forward
Handedness
Right
Footedness
Right

International Debut

Year
2002
Competing for
Croatia
Location
Italy

General Interest

Awards and honours
He was named the 2013 Croatian Player of the Year. (novilist.hr, 21 Dec 2013)

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
DOPING BAN
In April 2015 he was reported to the International Swimming Federation [FINA] after not answering the door when a drug tester visited his home. He was suspended indefinitely while the FINA Anti-Doping Panel reviewed the case. In July 2015 he was banned for four years, with the suspension ending in April 2019. The Court of Arbitration for Sport [CAS] dismissed his appeal against the suspension in January 2016. (swimswam.com, 16 Jul 2015; dubrovacki.hr, 15 Apr 2015; index.hr, 09 Jun 2015; sportcom.hr, 18 Jan 2016)

ITALIAN LEAGUE
He was signed by Italian water polo team Pro Recco in September 2018. He would begin playing for the team after the International Swimming Federation [FINA] doping suspension ended in April 2019. "It was very difficult to see the national team play in the pool without me, but I continued to feel like a sportsman in the gym, in the swimming pool, playing basketball, etc. I have been training all along. Being part of Pro Recco is a fantastic opportunity, one of the most beautiful things that have happened to me in the last three years." (1x2pallanuoto.com, 14 Sep 2018; justdubrovnik.com, 15 Sep 2018)