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South Sudan new member of the IOC

3 August 2015

IOC: The IOC now has 206 members after granting full recognition to South Sudan.

South Sudan intends to send four athletes to compete at next year’s Rio Olympic Games.

South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011 but remains a country involved in a civil war that has claimed thousands of lives.

Following the vote of acceptance by the 128th IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur, officials said IOC membership will promote peace in their country.

The IOC has also recognised Frisbee as a potential Olympic Sport. Members voted in favour of Frisbee after watching a video demonstration where the Frisbee is thrown and caught in a match involving two teams, much like a game of football.

MIKE TANCRED - in Kuala Lumpur
AOC

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