Pristina, December 29, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Elton Tota
The admission of Kosovo in several European and world federation, the holding of friendly matches of the Kosovo national football team under FIFA monitoring, the success of Majlinda Kelmendi and the accession as a full member of the Kosovo Olympic Committee (KOC) in the International Olympic Committee (IOC), are some of the main events that featured sport news in 2014.
January-FIFA allows Kosovo to play international friendly matches
January brought good news for Kosovo’s football. On January 13, FIFA allowed Kosovo to play international friendly matches. FIFA committee for urgent affairs had approved the request of Kosovo Football Association, following two meetings between heads of Kosovar football, those from Serbia and FIFA president, Sepp Blatter.
February-Majlinda Kelmendi excels in Paris, she snatches gold medal
The world judo champion started 2014 by excelling in the “Paris 2014” Grand Slam” tournament. Majlinda had won the golden medal in this prestigious tournament, after defeating on the final the judo fighter from Finland, Jaana Sundberg.
March-Kosovo football team plays its first international match
March 5 enters the history of Kosovo’s football. Kosovo’s football team played its first international match under FIFA monitoring against Haiti, a match which can be considered historical. Amid a fantastic atmosphere in the ‘Adem Jashari’ Olympic stadium, Kosovo played its first international match against Haiti to end the match in a goalless draw. The result was not what mattered. What mattered was that Kosovo’s football was entering a new phase.
April-Kelmendi is announced European best judo fighter
The pride of the sport of Kosovo, Majlinda Kelmendi marked yet another success in April.
The judo fighter from Pec had been announced the best judo fighter in Europe for 2013. European Judo Union announced Majlinda the best judo fighter in the old continent.
August-Majlinda Kelmendi goes to Russia
August 26 also entered the history of sport in Kosovo. The pride of the country, Majlinda Kelmendi defended her world championship title in judo. The judo fighter from Pec went to Russia to excel in the world tournament that was held there in the month of August. Majlinda Kelmendi had snatched the golden medal by defeating in the final the Romanian Andrea Chitu. The judo fighter from Pec made all Albanians wherever they are, proud with her appearances.
September-Kosovo’s national football team marks its first victory
2014 will also remain in history for the number one sport, football. At the beginning of September, Kosovo scored its first win by defeating Oman 1 goal to nil in Pristina. The winning goal was signed by Imran Bunjaku.
October-Kosovo is accepted in the International Olympic Committee
The middle of October brings much anticipated news for Kosovo. Kosovo is officially accepted in the International Olympic Committee.
December-Kosovo becomes a full member of IOC
Kosovo receives other good news. Kosovo’s Olympic Committee (KOC) was officially accepted on December 9 as a full member in the International Olympic Committee. The decision was taken during IOC congress held in Monaco. Kosovo’s Olympic Committee has been founded in 1992 and it incorporates more than 30 world national federations, 13 of which have been accepted international. The accession of KOC in IOC as a full member, gives way to sportsmen and sportswomen from Kosovo to be part of ‘Rio 2016’ Olympic Games. /ibna/