Olympic Committee of Kosovo

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Olympic Committee of Kosovo
Komiteti Olimpik i Kosovës
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Formation 2003
Headquarters Pristina
Location Kosovo[a]
Chairman
Besim Hasani
Website http://noc-kosovo.org/

The Olympic Committee of Kosovo (OCK) (Albanian: Komiteti Olimpik i Kosovës (KOK)) was officially established in 2003 [1] by Law No. 2003/24 "Law on Sport". The OCK is not a member of the International Olympic Committee and therefore its athletes are not entitled to participate in the Summer or Winter Olympic Games. As such, the OCK has not been granted an abbreviation or code to represent Kosovo[a] in international sporting events.

The current chairperson is Besim Hasani.[2]

The United Nations led administration in Kosovo has established a working group to engage with the IOC to allow athletes to participate in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in a manner similar to the participation of that of East Timorese athletes at the Sydney 2000 games.[3] The working group consists of UNMIK, the Kosovo Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport and the OCK.

Kosovo has yet to be recognized by the UN, and it did not field a team for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing or the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. The request to participate at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London was eventually rejected too;[4] the only Kosovar athlete to participate being Majlinda Kelmendi, who represented Albania.[5]

Paralympics and Special Olympics[edit]

Kosovo athletes took part in the Special Olympics in 2003 (Dublin) [6] and in 2007 (Shanghai),[7] and in 2011 Athens. A body known as Special Olympics Kosovo has been established to provide support for these athletes.[8] Murat Bajrami is the chairperson of this body.

Kosovo athletes participated in the "IV World Sports Games for Little People" Rambouillet, France in 2005.[9] A Paralympic federation is planned.

Notes and references[edit]

Notes:

a. ^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Kosovo. The latter declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. Kosovo's independence has been recognised by 107 out of 193 United Nations member states.

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