SPORTS-CRAZED FAROE ISLANDS´...
SPORTS-CRAZED FAROE ISLANDS´ QUEST FOR OLYMPIC RECOGNITION:
WE WANT THE OLYMPICS
The Faroe Islands has a rich sporting history and are proud members of the Paralympics, FIFA, UEFA and several other international federations. But when it comes to the Olympics, we are left out in the cold!
The people of the Faroe Islands are mad about sports, both as a way of exercising and for leisure. This positive attitude towards keeping active has clear roots in the social and historical circumstances of the Faroe Islands. Before the introduction of modern infrastructure, people often had to walk long distances, hike up mountains, and row from island to island in order to get around. Physical activity thus became a natural extension of everyday life in the Faroe Islands, and it continues to be so.
To this day, the Faroese 50.000 population takes pride and enjoyment in these activities, and keep active in the many local sports clubs that almost every village has. Even some of the smallest villages have their own football club and a few even have a short 25 meter pool for the youngsters to train in. Even though these pools do not meet the 50 meters international requirements the pools have still managed to provide training circumstances for youngsters that later managed to compete and win international awards abroad.
NOT ALLOWED TO COMPETE IN THE OLYMPICS
One of these local sport heroes is swimmer Pál Joensen who proudly represents the Faroes flag and Faroese swimming federation at many international swimming cups and world championships in swimming, but his biggest dream is to also represent the Faroe Islands in the Olympics. But he is not allowed to do that!
Although the Faroe Islands for close to a hundred years has been a been a self-governing nation under the external sovereignty of the Kingdom of Denmark, has its own parliament, own language, its own flag, and been full independent members of the Paralympics, FIFA, UEFA and several other international federations we are still not recognized by the OLYMPICS or granted individual membership in the International Olympic Committee!
Pál Joensen and other faroese athletes must therefore compete with the Danish delegation, under Danish flag, if they want to participate in the Olympic Games.
But the Faroese Confederation of Sports and Olympic Committee is actively working towards changing all of this and achieving independent membership in the Olympics for the Faroe Islands
Photo of locals playing football on the remote island of Stóra Dìmun, is taken by Fred Scott
Tags: Visit Faroe Islands, Faroe Islands, #FB_photo