The Olympic judo champion who brought glory to her country has retired from active judo to continue her career as a coach.
A statue of judoka Majlinda Kelmendi was presented in her hometown of Peja on Friday, with the Olympic Champion expressing hope that this symbol of her success will inspire children across Kosovo.
Five Kosovo judoka take part in the 2019 World Judo Championships in Tokyo, with Distria Krasniqi, Majlinda Kelmendi and Loriana Kukaj winning bronze medals.
Judoka Majlinda Kelmendi, Nora Gjakova and Loriana Kuka won medals for the Kosovo national team at the European Olympic Games held this year in Minsk, Belarus.
Kosovo sits at number one in the medal rankings of the International Judo Federation World Tour in Uzbekistan on Friday after Majlinda Kelmendi and Distria Krasniqi took gold at the 2018 Grand Prix.