The winner of the 305th Sinj Alka, Alkar Knight Ivo Zorica (Photo: Ivo Cagalj/PIXSELL) The winner of the 305th Sinj Alka, Alkar Knight Ivo Zorica (Photo: Ivo Cagalj/PIXSELL)

The winner of this year's Alka tournament was Alkar Knight Ivo Zorica.

The Sinj Alka equestrian lancing tournament is held each year to commemorate a victory over the Ottoman Turks in 1715, when around 700 Croats and a number of Venetians defended the town of Sinj which was under siege by 60,000 Ottoman soldiers under the leadership of Mehmed-paša Ćelić.

The Alka has been added to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list.

In the tournament The Alkar Knights aim their lances at a hanging metal ring (the alka) while riding their horse down a track at full gallop. The costumes worn by the competitors, who must be born in or around Sinj to participate, are the same as those worn by the warriors in the 18th Century.

Due to epidemiological measures the stands that can seat up to six thousand people were only one quarter full at this year's Alka.

President Zoran Milanović attended today's event, which was held under his patronage, while Prime Minister Andrej Plenković, Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandroković and other top state officials were also in attendance.

Source: HRT