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IOC Session gave recognition to the NOC of Kosovo

The 127th IOC Session today in Monaco granted full recognition to the National Olympic Committee of Kosovo. The NOC of Kosovo met the requirements for recognition as outlined in the Olympic Charter. These include the sport and technical requirements as well as the definition of “country” as defined in Rule 30.1 – “an independent State recognised by the international community.”

Kosovo is recognised as a country by 108 of the 193 UN Member States.

The NOC of Kosovo was established in 1992 and has more than 30 affiliated National Federations (NFs), 13 of which are Olympic sports federations. Of these, eight are full members of their respective International Federations (IFs), while the other five are provisional or associate members of their respective IFs. Full recognition of the NOC is in the interests of the athletes and should remove any uncertainty they may have. It will allow them to take part in qualifications for the Olympic Games Rio 2016 and in future editions of the Games.

The International Weightlifting Federation wishes to congratulate to the National Olympic Committee of Kosovo and supports the great efforts and cooperation of the Kosovo Weightlifting Federation.