World Taekwondo boosts Faroe Islands' IOC recognition campaign
The Faroe Islands has become the newest member of World Taekwondo, as the country’s bid for recognition from the International Olympic Committee gathers further momentum.
The IOC considers the Faroe Islands a self-governing region of Denmark, but the World Taekwondo adds further credibility to its campaign with 11 international federations now recognising the region.
The decision was announced today, at a World Taekwondo extraordinary council meeting.
Jon Hestoy, vice-president of the Faroese Confederation of Sports and Olympic committee, said: “Our membership of World Taekwondo means… that there is a growing awareness in the sporting community of just how seriously our ambition is in international sport.”
The other governing bodies recognising the Faroe Islands are: badminton, darts, soccer, handball, International Paralympic Committee, judo, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo and volleyball.
In September, the Swedish Olympic Committee threw its weight behind the Faroes' bid for IOC recognition, following public support already offered up by the national Olympic committees of Iceland, Norway and Denmark.
The Faroes have featured at every summer Paralympic Games since 1984, and compete as a country in eight sports, including soccer, aquatics, handball and volleyball, but their Olympic participation has always come under the flag of Denmark.
The islands' Olympic aspirations were however boosted at the turn of the year, when their athletes received permission to compete under the Faroe Islands flag at this year’s European Games in Minsk, in June. Faroese athletes were able to compete in archery, badminton, judo and table tennis in Belarus.
The Faroe Islands Taekwondo Federation now plans to establish taekwondo clubs in the towns of Torshavn and Klaksvik, after recent close cooperation with the Danish Taekwondo Federation.