Serbia stops Kosovo boxing team from entering the country

The team tried to cross the Serbian border but were told by Serbian border authorities to remove their uniforms which displayed Kosovo national symbols if they wanted to enter the country. [Shutterstock / danielo]

Kosovo’s national boxing team was prevented from entering Serbia on Saturday (23 October) to participate in the 2021 World Boxing Championship held in Belgrade.

The team tried to cross the Serbian border but were told by Serbian border authorities to remove their uniforms which displayed Kosovo national symbols if they wanted to enter the country.

The team refused, as AIBA, the International Boxing Association had promised them fair and equal treatment in this respect.

In a statement, AIBA said that it “expects that the Kosovo Boxing Federation’s delegation will be treated no differently than the delegation of any other AIBA member.”

The association also wrote that they are in contact with Serbian authorities to remedy the situation.

Serbia does not recognise Kosovo as a country and instead considers it one of its own provinces.

(Bledar Qalliu | exit.al)

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