Mon. Apr 6th, 2020

The Government will allow Kosovo to compete with its national symbols after the threat of the IOC

The Government will allow Kosovo to compete with its national symbols after the threat of the IOC


The Spanish government will provide the sports delegations of Kosovo that compete in Spain with the corresponding visa and authorize the use of national symbols, anthem and flag, according to the Olympic protocol

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Spanish Olympic Committee (EOC) confirmed that the executive adopted this decision and expressed "their maximum and public satisfaction" for it, was communicated to the president of the COE, Alejandro Blanco, by letter dated today,

"Thanks to this resolution transmitted today by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, Mr. Josep Borrell, the Government of Spain will provide the sports delegations of Kosovo that compete in Spain with the corresponding VISA and will be authorized to use of national symbols, anthem and flag, according to the Olympic protocol, "said both agencies in a statement.

In it they stated that "in this way it is ensured that the athletes of Kosovo can participate on equal terms with the rest of the athletes of the 206 National Olympic Committees recognized by the IOC".

"We want to reiterate our profound gratitude for the decision adopted by the government of Spain and promoted by President Don Pedro Sánchez", they pointed out.

Both the IOC and the COE stressed "the fundamental role played by sport and the Olympic movement in the construction of a more inclusive and just society, in which dialogue and respect are the pillars and fundamental principles".

The polemic of karate

The position of the Spanish government came after the IOC announced two days ago that He had asked the international federations not to grant Spain the organization of major international competitions unless the Spanish government guarantees that Kosovo athletes can compete in them without discrimination.

The IOC veto was made public after the celebration of the Karate World Cup last week in Madrid, where the Kosovo team participated under the banner of the International Federation of the sport since Spain does not recognize Kosovo.

"Spain is the only country with which there is no solution on Kosovo, we have two years and two different governments, but the Karate World Cup is the last straw," Miró told Efe.

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