In the last days of 2020, LAKI entered our lives. The mascot of the fifth European Universities Games, which will be held from July 14 to 27, 2021 in Belgrade, appeared on the sports fields of our capital and won all the sympathy in a short time.

Fallow deer LAKI as a symbol of fighting spirit, speed, strength and skill, all those things that we cannot imagine success without in sports. EASY as happiness that is necessary in sports and life, and that we wish to everyone throughout the great academic community of Europe in this year.

LAKI for the beginning of the new year in which Belgrade and Serbia want to organise the best and largest European Universities Games in their history. We are convinced that you will like it and that for many years it will be a symbol of unforgettable days of the summer 2021, when the city on the Sava and Danube was the center of the European sports and academic elite.

As a model for this mascot, I chose a fallow deer. The name of the mascot is derived from the word Lane, and the name itself is a common nickname from the Serbian name Lazar. It also has an international connotation because it is pronounced the same as the English word for “happy”, which is often necessary in sports. It is a tame animal that is on the list of endangered species on the territory of Serbia, where there are about 2000 individuals left. This information has multiple symbolisms, and it is a great opportunity for additional education and spreading awareness about the need to protect this beautiful species. On the other hand, the fallow deer has all the characteristics of a complete athlete in terms of its characteristics. He is fast and agile, has a competitive spirit which, like all deer, shows by competing in horn fights where he shows his strength and skill. In addition to attacking, the horns also have a defensive purpose in cases of protection of their young, to which deer are very attached – said the man who “revived” Laki, Slobodan Vukovic.