Kosovar judoka Majlinda Kelmendi (C) waves Kosovo's national flag during the flag handover ceremony in Pristina on July 29, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

Kosovar judoka Majlinda Kelmendi (C) waves Kosovo’s national flag during the flag handover ceremony in Pristina on July 29, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

PRISTINA: Double world judo champion Majlinda Kelmendi will carry Kosovo’s flag and its dreams of winning a gold medal in its first Olympic Games in Rio.

Serbia will lead the nations who will not be celebrating if the 25-year-old succeeds in putting Kosovo’s name on the Olympic map.

The 52kg champion leads eight Kosovo athletes at the Rio Games following its recognition by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 2014.