Pristina, 8 August 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Elton Tota
Judo fighter from Kosovo, Majlinda Kelmendi has engraved her name in the history of the Kosovar sport, by grabbing a golden medal in the Olympic Games which are being held in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.
In the final, Kelmendi has defeated Odette Gioffrida from Italy, thus snatching the golden medal in the 52 kg category.
“I am proud to show that young people from Kosovo are able to achieve great successes in sport”, said Kelmendi after the historic victory.
Kelmendi has also thanked all Albanians for their support.
“This is very important for Kosovo as a state, because it has waited for so many years and I am happy to raise its flag. I am also happy that all children see me as their heroine and that a dream became reality”, she said.
Kelmendi’s coach, Driton Kuka said that he was very happy after the historical triumph of student in the Olympic Games. He said that this medal belongs to everyone.
For PM Isa Mustafa, the victory of the first Olympic medal is a sign for other medals for Kosovar sportsmen. Mustafa considered Majlinda Kelmendi as Kosovo’s “brilliant heroine”.
“What many countries could not do in tens of years of participation in the Olympic Games, Kosovo managed to achieve in its first participation through our brilliant heroine, Majlinda Kelmendi.
“Today, Kosovo managed to win its first Olympic medal as an independent and sovereign state and I am convinced that there will be other medals for our sportsmen in the future. Let us rejoice this historical moment”, he said.
President of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci, who is in Rio with Kosovo’s athletes, could not hide his emotions after the success of the judo fighter from Kosovo, Majlinda Kelmendi.
“I am proud and excited about Majlinda’s success. Like no one else, Majlinda personifies the new history of sport and Kosovo’s international success”, said the president of Kosovo.
In the Olympic Games hosted in Rio, Kosovo is being represented by 8 athletes of different disciplines.
Kosovo became member of the International Olympic Committee less than two years ago and it is the youngest member joining the Olympic family. /balkaneu.com/