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Four Athletes To Represent South Sudan At Rio Olympics

Posted: Aug 4, 2015 at 12:34 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

South Sudan, recently admitted into the Olympic family as the 206th member, will send a four-strong team to Rio Olympics.

South Sudan, which split from its northern neighbour Sudan in 2011, becomes the 206th member of the IOC just seven months after Kosovo was approved as the 205th.

The news, coming less than two months after an historic first meeting of the South Sudan National Olympic Committee (SSNOC) in Juba, follows the IOC’s Executive Board’s recommendation that the world’s newest nation be included as a full member last week.

Following a presentation by IOC director for NOC Relations, Pere Miro, that decision was unanimously enforced by acclamation on the third day of the IOC Session.

SSNOC President Wilson Deng Kuoirot accepted a certificate and a NOC flag from IOC counterpart Thomas Bach while secretary general Tong Chor Malek Deran wrapped himself in the flag, barely able to control the tears.

Kuoirot revealed they hope to send a four-strong athletics team to Rio 2016, consisting of two men and two women, including marathon runner Guor Marial, 47th at London 2012 after competing as an independent athlete under the IOC flag.

While the nation has enjoyed regional success in other sports, such as handball, it is not thought they will compete in events beyond athletics next year in Rio de Janeiro.