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  • Faroe Islands Becomes Associate Member of International Shooting Sport Federation


    International Federation recognition grows to 12

    14 December 2020

    The Faroese Confederation of Sports and Olympic Committee (FCSOC) today welcomes the
    news that the Faroese Shooting Federation has become an Associate Member of the
    International Shooting Sport Federation [ISSF]. This means that the Faroe Islands can
    compete in international shooting events up to and including World Championship level.
    Recognition by the ISSF takes the number of International Federations [IFs] which recognise
    the Faroe Islands to 12.

    Esmar Joensen, President of Faroese Shooting Federation said:

    “This really is fantastic news for the development of sport shooting on the Faroe Islands and I
    would like to thank the ISSF for welcoming us into their family. The prospect of our athletes
    now being able to compete in international events will not just inspire them, it will also
    provide crucial high-level competition experience. The positive impact of gaining
    membership of the ISSF cannot be underestimated and our sport shooting community is
    absolutely thrilled by this news.”

    Jon Hestoy, Vice President of the Faroese Confederation of Sports and Olympic Committee

    “Gaining membership of the International Shooting Sport Federation is another important
    milestone in our ambition to grow our international sporting recognition. It is great news for
    the longer-term development of sport shooting across our islands and is timely given that we
    are building a new shooting facility.

    “There are now 12 International Federations that recognise the Faroe Islands, which means
    our athletes can compete up to world championship level as Faroese athletes. In sports as
    diverse as rowing, handball, swimming and football, the Faroe Islands has shown that it can
    make its mark in international sport. We are actively pursuing membership of several other
    IFs and our ambition to one day compete in the Olympic Games very much remains our

    The Faroe Islands is a founding member of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and
    has competed in every Paralympic Summer Games since 1984. It is recognised by 12
    International Federations: archery, badminton, darts, football, handball, International
    Paralympic Committee, judo, shooting, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo and volleyball.
    The Faroe Islands is also recognised by the European Olympic Committees [EOC] and can
    compete as the Faroe Islands in the European Games in sports where it has IF recognition.

    -ENDS –

    Notes to Editors:

    About the Faroe Islands
    The Faroe Islands, which has a population of 52,000, has been a self-governing region of the
    Kingdom of Denmark since 1948 and competes in the Olympic Games as Denmark. Located
    north-west of Scotland’s Shetland Islands and almost 1,000km from Denmark, the Faroe
    Islands has been campaigning for more than 40 years for Olympic recognition. The Faroese
    Confederation of Sports was established in 1939 and its Olympic Committee in 1982. Sport
    on the islands is 100% self-funded, including all anti-doping activities [no sport funding comes
    from Denmark]. 18,000 Faroese are members of sports clubs which is driven and overseen by
    the FCSOC.

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