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Scotland may send own team to 2016 Rio Olympics

Scottish sports minister Shona Robison said Wednesday the country may send its own team to 2016 Rio Olympics in 2016 if it votes for independence next year.

Scottish Olympians currently compete for Britain

Scottish athletes like Andy Murray might not be draping themselves in the Union Jack at the 2016 Rio Olympic Summer Games. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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, ShonaRobison 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.

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