“This is a really positive step forward and a huge relief for our athletes”

The vice-president of the Faroese Confederation of Sports and Olympic Committee (FCSOC) Jón Hestoy has welcomed a decision from the European Olympic Committees (EOC) which allows Faroese athletes to compete in this year’s European Games in Minsk.

The EOC does not recognize the Faroe Islands  but ruled during their latest Executive Board meeting that they will allow Faroese athletes to compete in sports where the islands have a recognized national governing body, writes Insidethegames.biz.

It means athletes from the Faroe Islands will be able to compete in Minsk in archery, badminton, judo and table tennis.

“This is a really positive step forward and a huge relief for our athletes who have been putting their heart and soul into preparing to compete in their respective events at the European Games later this year,” Hestoy said.

“We believe this decision represents another milestone in our journey to becoming universally recognized by the international sport movement – including the International Olympic Committee (IOC) – which will have a profound impact on our athletes and the ongoing development of sport in the Faroe Islands.”

Minsk 2019 will take place between June 21 and 30 in the Belarusian capital.

Author: Jens Hákun Leo