Paramount state welcome for Majlinda Kelmendi, Nora Gjakova and Driton Kuka


Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports organises tomorrow a state welcome for the judoists Majlinda Kelmendi, Nora Gjakova and their coach Driton Kuka. Kelmendi won the gold medal as a judoist of the Republic of Kosovo in the World Championship of Judo held in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

Meanwhile Gjakova was ranked in the seventh position. This is the first gold medal for the state of Kosovo in an official world championship, and ranking of Gjakova on the seventh position made the success of Kosovo huge in this championship having only two competing sportspersons in this event.

Welcome shall begin from the Airport of Prishtina, upon arrival of Kosovo team as scheduled to take place at 18:15 hrs.

At 18:30 hrs. Minister Krasniqi along with the winning team shall have a press conference at the conference room of PIA. Following the conference, the winning team in organised manner shall depart from PIA heading towards "Mother Teresa" square in Prishtina, where Majlinda Kelmendi and the others shall address to the citizens. Arrival on the square is expected to take place at about 19:00. Whereas after Prishtina, the team is going to continue towards city of Peja, where a public welcome shall be organised there as well.

MCYS estimates that the success of our judoists in Judo World Championship in Rio de Janeiro is an extraordinary success for Kosovo. Thereby, once again we invite the citizens of Kosovo to be present on Sunday from 18:00 hrs. at ‘Mother Teresa’ square (near Swiss Diamond Hotel) where we are going to honour the team that raised the flag of Kosovo in Brazil.

A dignitary welcome is at the same time a message more for the entire international sports community for our wish and great potential to be equal in international competitions in every sport. This remains a continuous and irreplaceable objective of ours.

MCYS also wishes to reiterate its’ high dedication for all Kosovo athletes and for our sports in general, constantly aiming at cooperation and support for improvement of conditions for qualitative competitions and for the best possible representation of our athletes.