Kosovo

Overview

NOCKomiteti Olimpik i Kosovës
Flagbearers4

Participants

Olympic Games 9
Youth Olympic Games 1

Description

Kosovo is populated largely by people of Albanian descent, and the region attempted to gain independence with the break-up of Yugoslavia in 1992. The conflict with Serbia came to a head in 1999, when NATO intervened and the area eventually came under United Nations administration. The Republic of Kosovo declared its independence of Serbia in 2008, which has met with broad but far from universal recognition. Apart from Serbia, notable opponents of Kosovo’s independence are Russia, China and India.

The National Olympic Committee (NOC) was formed in 1992 and officially established in 2003. Attempts to join the Olympic movement were held off by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) through 2014. A request for Kosovo’s athletes to compete in London as Independent Olympic Athletes was also declined, which forced Kosovo’s top athlete, judoka Majlinda Kelmendi, to represent Albania. She would later win world titles in 2013 (for Kosovo) and 2014 (representing the International Judo Federation). However, at the IOC Extraordinary Session in Monaco on 9 December 2014, the Kosovo National Olympic Committee was officially recognized by the IOC, after the Executive Committee had provided provisional recognition in October 2014, despite Serbian protests.

Kosovo is set to compete in its first Olympics in Rio de Janeiro 2016. Kelmendi was already named as their flagbearer after the NOC recognition.

Participations by edition

Edition Competition Type Men Women Total
2016 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 3 5 8 Results
2018 Winter Olympics Olympic Games 1 0 1 Results
2020 Winter Youth Olympics Youth Olympic Games 1 0 1 Results

Participations by discipline

Olympic Games

Discipline (Sport) Men Women Total
Alpine Skiing (Skiing) 1 0 1 Results
Athletics 1 1 2 Results
Cycling Road (Cycling) 1 0 1 Results
Judo 0 2 2 Results
Shooting 0 1 1 Results
Swimming (Aquatics) 1 1 2 Results

Youth Olympic Games

Discipline (Sport) Men Women Total
Alpine Skiing (Skiing) 1 0 1 Results

Medals by Games

Edition Competition Type Gold Silver Bronze Total
2016 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 1 0 0 1

Medals by sport

Olympic Games

Sport Gold Silver Bronze Total
Judo 1 0 0 1

Youth Olympic Games

Sport Gold Silver Bronze Total

Most successful competitors

Olympic Games

Athlete Nat Gold Silver Bronze Total
Majlinda Kelmendi ALB
KOS
1 0 0 1

Youth Olympic Games

Athlete Nat Gold Silver Bronze Total