Membership of Kosovo in international sports federations
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Kosovo was a part of several international sports federations in the 1990s, and has applied to become a member of many more after its 17 February 2008 unilateral declaration of independence from Serbia. Serbia does not recognise the secession of Kosovo and considers it a United Nations-governed entity within its sovereign territory. Currently Kosovo federations are full members of 7 international federations, provisional members of 3 international federations, associated members of 2 international federations and members of 1 European federation.
- 1 Accepted membership applications
- 2 Rejected membership applications
- 3 See also
- 4 References
Accepted membership applications
|European Minigolfsport Federation (EMF)||Kosovo became a member of the EMF, April 2012.||Member||20 April 2012|
|International Archery Federation (FITA)||FITA admitted Kosovo as a full member.||Member||1 July 2011|
|International Boxing Association (AIBA)||Kosovo became AIBA's 195th federation in July 2012. Full membership status will be confirmed at a future meeting.||Provisional||9 July 2012|
|International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA)||FILA admitted Kosovo as not full member but an associated federation.||Associate||9 June 2008|
|European Handball Federation (EHF)||Kosovo became an associated federation of the European Handball Federation in 2004, prior to its declaration of independence with only clubs alloved to compete in EHF cups.||Associate||2004|
|International Judo Federation (IJF)||The IJF admitted Kosovo as a full member.||Member||10 April 2012|
|International Sailing Federation (ISAF)||The ISAF admitted Kosovo as a full member.||Member||8 May 2012|
|International Ski Federation (FIS)||Kosovo has had observer status in the ISF since 2004, prior to DOI.||Provisional||7 November 2011|
|International Softball Federation (ISF)||The ISF admitted Kosovo as a full member.||Member||12 August 2008|
|International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF)||Kosovo became a full member in 2003, prior to its declaration of independence.||Member||21 May 2003|
|International Weightlifting Federation (IWF)||The IWF admitted Kosovo as a full member.||Member||18 June 2008|
|World Curling Federation (WFC)||The WFC admitted the Kosovo Curling Federation as a provisional member at its 2012 annual general assembly in Scotland.||Provisional||21 October 2012|
Rejected membership applications
International Olympic Committee
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) does not recognise the Olympic Committee of Kosovo, created in 1992. Although the president of the IOC's international relations commission announced on 17 February 2008 that the IOC was set to recognise Kosovo, on the following day an IOC spokesperson specified the requirements that Kosovo needs to meet before IOC recognition, most notably its recognition as an independent state by the United Nations.
Fédération Internationale de Football Association
In October 2008, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) rejected the Football Federation of Kosovo's (FFK) application for affiliation, as it was deemed not to comply with article 10 of the FIFA statutes, which stipulates that only "an independent state recognised by the international community" may be admitted. As a result, Kosovo could not play any friendly FIFA matches, and many Kosovan footballers play for other national teams, notably Albania's.
In November 2009, FIFA organised a meeting between Kosovan officials, Serbian football associations and FIFA vice-president Geoff Thompson, where practical issues were reportedly discussed, including the address to which letters about Kosovo football player transfers should be sent.
In March 2011, FIFA President Sepp Blatter said Kosovo could not join the football family before it was recognised by the United Nations.
However, on 22 May 2012, FIFA said that its 208 member countries could start playing friendly internationals against teams from Kosovo. Sepp Blatter said, "Kosovo has organised football, so I think it is a logical gesture and solidarity and this decision by the FIFA executive committee will accelerate the movement towards membership". On 25 May 2012, at the end of the FIFA Congress held in Budapest, Sepp Blatter spoke again on the issue of Kosovo and on allowing its clubs to play in international friendlies. He confirmed the "green light" given by the Executive Committee a few days ago, and that there is no turning back. He said this in rection to Serbian media speculation that FIFA had temporarily suspended its decision about the global recognition of Kosovan football. Blatter said that the decision on Kosovo will not return, while the next step will be the mode of implementation. Meanwhile, FIFA has invited into dialogue UEFA officials who were opposed to allowing Kosovo to play international friendlies. The meeting will be held on 31 May 2012 in Zurich, with a Serbian delegation present. Latest reports say that on the same day, UEFA will hold an emergency meeting at its headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. On 21 May 2012 in meeting in Tokyo, FIFA's Executive Committee decided to allow FIFA member associations to play international friendly games with teams of the Football Federation of Kosovo, which is not a member of FIFA, the executive agreed to implement this decision immediately for youth, amateur, women’s and club football.
Union of European Football Associations
International Basketball Federation
On 26 April 2008, the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) declined to admit the Basketball Federation of Kosova as a member because "Kosovo has not fulfilled all necessary conditions". FIBA and FIBA Europe sports directors Ľubomír Kotleba and Kosta Iliev subsequently visited Kosovo in order to prepare a report for the FIBA Central Board. Kotleba said that "FBK does not need to do anything more to get accepted. If you ask me if Kosovo should be admitted by FIBA, then I say yes. But I don't know when this will happen. The decision for the admission of Kosovo will be taken somewhere else". FBK subsequently reapplied for FIBA membership; its application to be reviewed at the FIBA Central Board meeting on 6–7 December 2008. At the meeting, it was decided that there were no grounds for FIBA to change its decision.
International Ski Federation
On 30 May 2008, during the 46th International Ski Congress meeting in Cape Town, the International Ski Federation (FIS) decided Kosovo’s affiliation was dependent on its recognition by the UN and that "[in] the meantime, participation of their skiers is permitted at FIS level and children’s races."
European Tennis Association
- "EMF members list"
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- "146 Member Associations - FITA Directory" (pdf). International Archery Federation. Retrieved 4 February 2012.
- "FITA admit Kosovo as a full member".
- "Kosovo joins world boxing body as Balkan province uses sport to gain global recognition". Washington Post. 10. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
- ["Official FILA site". Fila-wrestling.com. 2006-05-01. Retrieved 2010-04-28.
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- Ministri Krasniqi takoi kryetarin e Federatës Ndërkombëtare të Xhudos, z. Marius Vizer, Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport of the Republic of Kosovo, 2012-04-20 (in Albanian)
- The Kosovo Judo Federation was accepted as full member of the International Judo Federation, International Judo Federation, 2012-04-20
- "Kosovo Become Latest ISAF Member National Authority". International Sailing Federation. 8 May 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
- Membership upgrade
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- "More recognitions for Kosovo sports" newkosovareport.com 28 June 2008 Link accessed 2008-06-28
- IWF affiliates new members, International Weightlifting Federation
- Kosovo Curling Federation becomes provisional world body member, Inside the Games, 21 October 2012
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