NOC-Kosovo awards Tokyo 2020 Olympics Prizes and signs Paris 2024 Olympic Stipends on 7th anniversary of NOC-Kosovo’s accession to the IOC
On the occasion of the 7th anniversary of the accession of the Kosovo Olympic Committee (NOC-Kosovo) to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), NOC-Kosovo hosted a ceremony to award prizes to the athletes who participated in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, to distribute the series of IOC pins, and to sign the Olympic Stipends for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
On December 9, 2014, NOC-Kosovo became the 205th member of the International Olympic Committee, enabling our athletes participation in the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. At both Olympics, Kosovo won three gold medals, all three in the sport of judo. At the Rio 2016 the gold medal was won by Majlinda Kelmendi, while at the Tokyo 2020, by Distria Krasniqi and Nora Gjakova.
For the success achieved at Tokyo 2020, NOC-Kosovo awarded EUR 10 thousand to each of the Olympic champions, Nora Gjakova and Distria Krasniqi, EUR 5 thousand to their coach, Driton Kuka, and EUR 500 to each of the participating athletes.
President Krasniqi, in congratulating the 7th anniversary, stressed that IOC accession paved the way for our athletes to bring three Olympic gold medals to our country.
“With the closing of Tokyo 2020, today we are paving the way to Paris 2024, by signing stipends for 22 athletes selected by the Athletes Commission, a list that may change depending on their performance, which will be constantly monitored by this Commission”, President Krasniqi added, expressing his wishes that most of these athletes will reach Olympic Qualifying Standards.
USD 7,500 per month is the amount allocated by the Olympic Solidarity of the International Olympic Committee for stipend holders, while with the decision of the Executive Board, NOC-Kosovo has added EUR 1,550 per month, providing for a total of EUR 46,400 over 2 and a half years.
22 athletes will be supported with monthly stipends of USD 250 to USD 1,000. USD 1 thousand dollars go to each of the Olympic champions, Krasniqi and Gjakova.
In his speech, Minister Çeku spoke of the importance of the accession of NOC-Kosovo and sports federations in the international arena, while focusing on the success achieved at Tokyo 2020 and NOC-Kosovo’s support towards Paris 2024.
“It is a great pleasure to see athletes who competed in Tokyo on the list of stipends. A long way ahead awaits you towards Paris. I wish success in the preparatory process, to you and all athletes who aim to represent Kosovo in the international arena. I am very hopeful that we will go to Paris with more athletes, more Olympic Qualifying Standards, and we’ll return with more medals”, Minister Çeku said.
International Master Driton Kuka congratulated NOC-Kosovo for the support it is providing to athletes, emphasizing especially the 22 Olympic Stipends for Paris 2024.
“It is a pleasure that NOC-Kosovo is directing 22 athletes to Paris, and now they have no reason to complain. I hope that we will have at least 10 qualified, while I as a coach hope to return with medals”, Kuka stressed.
NOC-Kosovo was also thanked by Olympic champion Nora Gjakova, and wrestler Egzon Shala, who spoke on behalf of the athletes, with the belief that they will travel to the capital of France with more Olympic Qualifying Standards and will achieve the greatest success possible.