BELGRADE – Serbia’s national water polo team arrived in Belgrade on Sunday, after taking the world water polo title in Kazan, Russia.

Photo: RTS
Photo: RTS

The team welcomed at the Belgrade airport was given a water salute, a ceremonial greeting that aviation uses in exceptional occasions.

The world champions were welcomed by hundreds of fans, and 18-year-old Nikola Jaksic was the first to appear before the crowd, as, being the youngest member of the team, he carried the trophy.

Serbia won the title by defeating the team of Croatia 11-4 late on Saturday.

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic will meet with the water polo team on Sunday, and the reception will also be attended by Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic.

Belgrade City Assembly is organizing a welcome ceremony for the Serbian water polo champions in front of the Serbian parliament building, downtown Belgrade, on Sunday evening.

This is the fifth World Champion title for Serbia, the first one after the 2009 championship in Rome. The team added the gold medal to the one won a little less than two months ago at the FINA Men’s Water Polo World League 2015.