Membership of Kosovo in international sports federations

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Kosovo[a] was a part of several international sports federations in the 1990s, and has applied to become a member of many more after its 2008 declaration of independence from Serbia.

Currently Kosovo is a full member of 25 international federations, a provisional member of four international federations, and an associated member of one international federatios. It is also a member of five European federations and associations.


Kosovo is also a full member of the International Olympic Committee and the European Olympic Committees (EOC), with full membership having been granted to the Olympic Committee of Kosovo by the International Olympic Committee on 9 December 2014.

Kosovo participated in first wide multi-sport event at the 2015 European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan and participated at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Prior to the IOC recognition, Kosovo athletes took part in the Special Olympics from 2003 to 2011.[1][2] A body known as the Special Olympics Kosovo was established to provide support for these athletes.[3] Athletes from Kosovo participated at the 4th World Sports Games for Little People in Rambouillet, France in 2005.,[4] in the 2015 World Aquatics Championships in Kazan, Russia, in the 2015 IHF Emerging Nations Championship, etc.

Membership in sport federations[edit]

The following sports federations have either admitted or have received the application from Republic of Kosovo to be admitted into their membership.

International federations and associations membership[edit]

Entity Notes Status Date
Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) FAI admitted Kosovo as a full member.[5] Member 25 September 2015
Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) FIFA admitted Kosovo as its 210th member at its 66th Congress in Mexico City.[6] Member 13 May 2016
Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) FIA admitted the Federation of Auto Sport of Kosovo as a member at its annual assembly in 2015.[7] Member 4 December 2015
International Archery Federation (FITA) FITA admitted Kosovo as a full member.[8][9] Member 1 July 2011
International Tennis Federation (ITF) ITF admitted Kosovo as a full member.[10] Member 25 September 2015
International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) The IAAF admitted Kosovo as a provisional member "with full rights and obligations" on 15 April 2015[11] On 19 August 2015, full membership was granted to Kosovo after a vote, with 187 in favour and 13 against.[12] Member 19 August 2015
International Basketball Federation (FIBA) FIBA admitted Kosovo as a full member.[13] Member 13 March 2015
International Boxing Association (AIBA) Kosovo became AIBA's 195th federation in July 2012 (provisional).[14] Full membership was granted to Kosovo on 14 November 2014.[15] Member 14 November 2014
International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA) FILA admitted Kosovo as an associated federation, but not as a full member.[16] Associate 9 June 2008
International Federation of Gymnastics (FIG) The FIG admitted the Kosovo Gymnastics Federation at its 80th Congress held in Uzbekistan on 29–30 October 2014.[17] Member 30 October 2014
International Handball Federation (IHF) IHM admitted Kosovo as a full member at the IHF Congress held in Sochi, Russia.[18] Member 7 November 2015
International Judo Federation (IJF) IJF admitted Kosovo as a full member.[19][20] Member 10 April 2012
International Kickboxing Federation (IKF) IKF admitted the Kickboxing Federation of Kosovo as a full member.[21] Member 18 March 2015
International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM) The UIPM admitted the Kosovo Pentathlon Union as a full member at its 2013 Annual Congress in Cyprus.[22] Member 29 November 2013
International Olympic Committee (IOC) The IOC admitted the Kosovo Olympic Committee as a full member on 9 December 2014 during its 127th IOC session in Monaco.[23] Member 9 December 2014
International Sailing Federation (ISAF) ISAF admitted Kosovo as a full member.[24] Member 8 May 2012
International Ski Federation (FIS) Kosovo was granted full membership on 7 November 2015.[25][26] Member 7 November 2015
International Softball Federation (ISF) ISF admitted Kosovo as a full member.[27] Member 12 August 2008
International Swimming Federation (FINA) FINA admitted Kosovo as a full member.[28][29] Member 17 February 2015
International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Kosovo became a full member in 2003, prior to its declaration of independence.[30][31] Member 21 May 2003
International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) IWF admitted Kosovo as a full member.[32][33] Member 18 June 2008
Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) The UCI admitted Kosovo as a full member.[34] Prior to this, the ICU gave Kosovo temporary membership in February 2015 enabling Kosovo to participate in ICU affiliated competitions.[35] Member 25 September 2015
United World Wrestling (UWW) The UWW admitted Kosovo under provisional membership on 16 January 2015 with full membership yet to be finalised.[36] Provisional 16 January 2015
World Curling Federation (WFC) The WFC admitted the Kosovo Curling Federation as a provisional member at its 2012 annual general assembly in Scotland.[37] Provisional 21 October 2012
World Karate Federation (WKF) The WKF admitted the National Karate Federation of Kosovo to provisional membership on 13 December 2014.[38] Provisional 13 December 2014
World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) The WTF admitted the Kosovo Taekwondo Federation (KTF) at its 2013 Annual Congress.[39] From 14 July 2013 to 12 May 2015 the KTF was a provisional member of WTF. The KTF was granted full WTF membership at the WTF assembly on 12 May 2015.[40] Member 12 May 2015
World Minigolf Sport Federation (WMF) Kosovo became is a full member of WMF. Member [when?]
Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Kosovo became a full member of the FIVB.[41] Member 10 October 2016

European federations and associations membership[edit]

Entity Notes Status Date
European Athletics Association (EAA) Kosovo became a full member of the EAA on 16 October 2015.[42] Member 16 October 2015
European Handball Federation (EHF) Kosovo became a full member of the EHF on 20 September 2014.[43] Member 20 September 2014
European Minigolfsport Federation (EMF) Kosovo became a member of the EMF in April 2012.[44][45] Member 20 April 2012
European Olympic Committees (EOC) The EOI automatically admitted the Kosovo Olympic Committee as a full member after Kosovo received full membership in the International Olympic Committee on 9 December 2014.[46] Member 9 December 2014
Tennis Europe Tennis Europe admitted Kosovo as a full member.[47] Member 28 March 2015
Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Kosovo became a full member of the Union of European Football Associations on 3 May 2016.[48] Member 3 May 2016
European Karate Federation (EFK) Kosovo is a full member of EFK.[49] Member [when?]
European Judo Union (EJU) Kosovo is a full member of EJU.[50] Member [when?]
European Union of Gymnastics (EUG) Kosovo is a full member of EUG.[51] Member 24 November 2015
European Volleyball Confederation (CEV) Kosovo is a full member of CEV.[52] Member 21 January 2017
European Shooting Confederation (ESC) Kosovo is a full member of ESC.[53] Member [when?]
Ligue européenne de natation (LEN) Kosovo is a full member of LEN.[54] Member [when?]
European Chess Union (ECU) Kosovo is a full member of ECU.[55] Member [when?]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. The Republic of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. The two governments began to normalise relations in 2013, as part of the Brussels Agreement. Kosovo has received formal recognition as an independent state from 111 out of 193 United Nations member states.


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