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Double celebration for the Olympic Committee of Kosovo

The Olympic Committee of Kosovo, a lot to celebrate.The big news of their Olympic debut at PyeongChang 2018, the birthday of the country’s first ever Winter Olympian and the 10thAnniversary of Independence.

With the lighting of the flame in Pyeongchang, Kosovo is one of six countries competing in the Winter Olympics for the first time, together with Ecuador, Eritrea, Malaysia, Nigeria and Singapore. Recently, IOC President Thomas Bach met Kosovo Olympic Committee leaders, President Besim Hasani and Secretary General Shasivar Haxhijaj, congratulating them for the great success for the nation. 10 years earlier, on 17 February 2008, the young country officially marked its independence from Serbia. However, Kosovo was recognized as a separate Olympic country only late in 2014, when the IOC granted it such a status, becoming the 50th of the European Olympic Committees.

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