Home | News    Monday 3 August 2015

S. Sudan becomes newest Olympic committee member

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

July 2, 2015 (JUBA) - The Republic of South Sudan has become the 206th member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) after its bid was approved by the athletic body.

JPEG - 18.1 kb
Olympic marathon runner from South Sudan. Guor Marial, August 2012 (AFP/Getty)

The IOC’s decision will now allow the world’s youngest nation compete at next year’s Olympic games due to take place in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro.

"I am delighted and exhilarated. This will promote reconciliation and national unity," South Sudan’s Olympic chief Wilson Kuoirot told Reuters Friday.

"Being a member of the IOC will allow us to send a team to next year’s Olympics. At present we have four athletes, all training in Kenya," he added.

The young nation has been in turmoil since violence broke out in December last year, killing tens of thousands of people and displacing nearly two million of them.

"Let me wish you a very bright future," said the IOC President Thomas Bach and vowed that the Olympic body would stand by South Sudan’s side.

"We look forward to welcoming you to the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games of Rio de Janeiro (in 2016). This will put your nation on the world map", he added.

In 2012, South Sudan’s marathon runner Guor Marial competed at the London games, under the Olympic flag since South Sudan not yet an approved IOC member at the time.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article



The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


s
Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


Open letter to South Sudan Civil Aviation Authority 2018-09-19 04:05:10 By Telar Ring Deng On the cold morning of 9th September 2018, we were all in utter shock and bewilderment at the very tragic accident that occurred in Eastern Lakes State when a Plane crashed (...)

Sudanese have become prey of mercenaries and Janjawid militias 2018-09-17 09:59:30 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman The Janjaweed bandits have been raging in the land of Darfur in particular and Sudan in general with corruption, havoc and destruction, more than a decade on. The (...)

Khartoum’s peace agreement: A looming disaster 2018-09-15 07:42:34 By Duop Chak Wuol Throughout the South Sudanese peace process, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-In Opposition (SPLM-IO) has been faced with serious political issues. These issues make it (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Unity State community in Kenya supports Khartoum peace agreement 2018-08-17 08:33:21 PRESS STATMENT 14th Aug, 2018 Re: We shall Rally behind Khartoum Peace Agreement The Unity State Community Association in Kenya was established in 2010 to organize and mobilize the people of (...)

The Suspension of Hurriyat Online Newspaper 2018-04-29 07:04:37 Sudan Democracy First Group 28 April 2018 The Sudanese civil and political circles and those concerned with Sudan were shocked by the news that the management of Hurriyat online newspaper has (...)

Petition on the Deteriorating Human Rights and Humanitarian Situation in Sudan 2018-04-22 10:01:20 UN Secretary-General, New York African Union Commission, Addis Ababa UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva Petition on the Deteriorating Human Rights and Humanitarian Situation in Sudan (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2018 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.