Kosovo Olympic Committee President Besim Hasani is leading the first anniversary celebrations of the country receiving IOC recognition ©Besim Hasani/FacebookThomas Bach met the Kosovan President Atifete Jahjaga during his visit to the Republic in April ©ITGKosovo received its official invitation to compete in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next year in AugustTwo-time world judo champion Majlinda Kelmendi is Kosovo's best hope of a gold medal at Rio 2016, having been forced to compete for neighbouring Albania at London 2012, when she was knocked out in the first round Kosovo Olympic Committee President Besim Hasani is leading the first anniversary celebrations of the country receiving IOC recognition ©Besim Hasani/Facebook

Kosovo Olympic Committee President Besim Hasani is leading the first anniversary celebrations of the country receiving IOC recognition

The Kosovo Olympic Committee introduced the eight on Tuesday; two swimmers, two judokas, two in athletics, one shooter, and a cyclist.

Kosovo gained membership of the IOC in December 2014.

Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008, but Serbia does not recognize it.

It also became a member of FIFA and UEFA this year, and will compete in 2018 World Cup qualifying.