BELGRADE – The Football Federation of Kosovo has joined the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA), TASS reports. The decision was made following a vote at FIFA’s congress underway in Mexico City.
A total of 141 votes were given for Kosovo’s membership in FIFA, 23 were against.
The Football Federation of Kosovo has thus become FIFA’s 210th member.
The federation’s president, Fadil Vokrri, thanked the congress for the decision.
Kosovo has sought membership in FIFA since it was admitted to the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) at the organization’s Congress on May 3.
The UEFA Congress approved the decision by a 28 majority vote, while 24 UEFA members, including the Russian Football Union, voted against. Two ballot papers were declared void.
The so-called “Republic of Kosovo” is recognized partially. It is not a member of the United Nations. A total of 64 states, including Russia, China, India and Brazil do not recognize Kosovo.
At the December 2014 session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Kosovo’s National Olympic Committee was unanimously granted the right to become a full-fledged member of the Olympic movement.
After that a number of sports federations (of track and field athletics, basketball, volleyball, cycling and chess) of the self-proclaimed Kosovo Republic received temporary or permanent membership of the respective international organizations.