International Olympic Committee lifts hosting-ban threat after Spain agrees to recognise Kosovan athletes

Spain’s position on Kosovo could hurt its chances to host major sports events

This led the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to ask international federations not to award major competitions to Spain until this issue is resolved, a source close to the Switzerland-based body said.

The Boxing Federation of India is hosting the Women's World Championships tournament after 12 long years but the IOA is anxious about the repercussions. The Kosovan flag was also banned at the competition.

This prompted the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to issue a statement proposing that no further events be held in Spain until they sort this out.

Still, their athletes were prohibited from competing under Kosovo's flag at the Karate World Championships in Spain earlier this year. "And you never know - it might be India next", an IOA official who did not wish to be named, told PTI. I fully expect a letter similar to the one that Spain got to come before the weekend.

The decision comes after Juan Antonio Samaranch, vice president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), warned that Spain's refusal to recognise Kosovo was an obstacle to staging major sports competitions in the country.

The Balkan country has been recognised by more than 110 countries. The entire middle-east does not recognise Israel but their judo team participated in UAE (in the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2018) under their flag and anthem.


Once again, the IOC and the COE wish to underline the fundamental role played by sport and the Olympic Movement in building a more inclusive, fairer society, in which dialogue and respect are the cornerstones and key principles. The sports ministry has also taken note of this apprehension.

"This is not about boxing alone, it's a much larger issue", Singh said.

"We cannot suspend a country and we cannot say they cannot organize events there", he said.

"Failing which the situation will be reported to all global sports organisations concerned for appropriate action which will call into question the hosting of future worldwide sports events in India until the issue is solved", he added. 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games: Manu Bhaker Leads the List of Indian Athletes Participating in Buenos Aires Youth Olympics. "We are still talking to the Ministry of External Affairs".

Sadiku also holds an Albanian passport and was expected, along with her two coaches, to receive an entry visa to compete in the AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships. Asked on IOA's apprehension, he said: "We have not seen any official letter from the International Olympic Committee but there is an apprehension in IOA which we have considered and we have appraised the MEA of this".

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