Scotland will have own 2016 Olympics team if country votes for independence
A view of a 'Welcome to Scotland' sign at the Scottish border, Scotland Friday, Jan. 13, 2012. Jan. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, September 18, 2013 10:16AM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, September 18, 2013 10:17AM EDT
EDINBURGH -- Scotland's sports minister says it will have its own team at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016 if it votes for independence next year.
Scottish athletes currently compete for Britain, with tennis player Andy Murray and cyclist Chris Hoy helping them win around 18 per cent of the host team's medals at last year's London Games.
However, Shona Robison tells the BBC on Wednesday that "we're comfortable and assured Scotland will have its own Olympic and Paralympic team" if it is made an independent nation in the referendum on Sept. 18, 2014.
Robison says Scotland would fulfil the criteria to be an Olympic nation, as it would be an independent state recognized by the international community, would have a solid sporting structure, and have at least five national federations affiliated to international federations of Olympic sports.