South Sudan will compete at Rio 2016 after becoming the 206th member of the Olympic movement.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) unanimously approved the inclusion of the African republic, which
IOC president Thomas Bach wished the country a “bright future” after its inclusion was ratified.
“This will put your nation on the world map,” he said. “We will stand by your side.”
A South Sudanese marathon runner, Guor Marial, did
but under the Olympic flag as South Sudan was not yet an IOC member.
South Sudan already has
due to take part in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.