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.
Kelmendi made history in Rio by claiming the gold medal in Women’s judo and becoming the first Kosovo athlete to ever win a medal in the Olympics.
As the festive mood withers away in the weeks to come, it is essential that Kosovo's institutions seize the momentum and initiate reforms that will lay the foundations for a modern sport system in the country.