Kosovo have been granted provisional admittance as a member of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
The decision follows a similar verdict from the International Olympic Committee in October and Kosovo becomes the 214th member of the IAAF. The announcement was made following a meeting of the IAAF’s ruling Council in Beijing.
“The IAAF has received and reviewed an application for IAAF membership from the Kosovo Athletic Federation,” the world governing body said in a statement.
“The application was judged to meet the requirements, as set out in article 4.3 of the constitution, and provisional IAAF membership was granted.”
Besim Hasani, President of the Olympic Committee of Kosovo, was delighted with the news.
“Athletes of Kosovo can participate at European and World Championships and they were waiting for this opportunity to show their qualities.
The Athletics Federation of Kosovo was founded in 1991 following the country’s declaration of independence the previous year.
A total of 17 Olympic Summer and Winter Sports Federations have now recognised Kosovo, including the International Judo Federation which officially gave Kosovo membership first in 2012.
FIFA, meanwhile, allows the country to play friendlies but not compete in tournaments.
But shooting, tennis and volleyball have yet to grant Kosovo any kind of recognition.
The IAAF’s decision was angrily denounced by the Athletics Federation of Serbia, however.