Spain to give Kosovo athletes visas and allow national symbols
Spanish authorities respond to IOC threat to advise international federations not to hold sporting events in Spain
The Spanish government will issue visas to sportspeople from Kosovo and will allow the presence of its national symbols whenever they compete in Spain.
This comes after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) threatened to advise international federations not to hold any international competitions in Spain.
The IOC deputy general Pere Miró had previously said in an interview with the sports news outlet Inside The Games that the organization was "ready" to make the suggestion.
World karate championship
The IOC high official remarks came as the world karate championship ended on Sunday, in Madrid.
This was the agreement between Spain and Kosovo authorities, and for Pere Miró this was "acceptable" but "did not go far enough."
Spain is one of the 5 countries in the EU not recognizing Kosovo as an independent country after its parliament declared independence in February 2008.
Some voices have shown concern over how this could affect the Barcelona-Catalan Pyrenees joint bid to host the 2030 winter Olympic Games.