SOK backs the Faroe Islands' Olympic wish
The Faroe Islands want to compete at the Olympics under their own flag. And now they are supported by Sweden and SOK.
According to the insidethegames site, the Swedish Olympic Committee, SOK, has written a letter to the International Olympic Committee (IOK) in which they state the reasons behind the wishes of the Faroe Islands. The letter signed by Chairman Mats Årjes and Head of Operations Peter Reinebo states, among other things, that:
"With this letter, SOK would like to show its support for the Faroese Olympic Committee and their work to be approved by the IOC."
According to IOC rules, a country must be recognized by the international community. As it is now considered the Faroe Islands as part of Denmark and athletes at the Olympic Games must compete under the Danish flag. At the same time, Puerto Rico is allowed to compete in the Olympics under its own flag, despite being part of the United States.
“I want to thank SOK for the support in our campaign to achieve Olympic status. Sweden is added to countries like Denmark, Iceland and Norway in our support, ”writes Jon Hestoy, Vice Chairman of the Faroese Olympic Committee.
"We are co-founders of the International Paralympic Committee and have competed in every summer Paralympics since 1984. All we ask for is the same chance to compete in the Olympics."