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Gambia avoid suspension by IOC executive board

In this Wednesday, July 9, 2014 file photo, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach speaks during a press conference after an executive board meeting at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. IOC leaders gather in the Swiss lakeside town of Montreux this week to put the finishing touches on a package of reforms, including changes to the bidding process and sports program and creation of an Olympic television channel. (AP Photo/Keystone, Jean-Christophe Bott, File)

LONDON (AP) — Gambia escaped suspension by the IOC on Thursday after the government allowed the reopening of the country’s Olympic committee offices.

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IOC board to consider recognition of Kosovo

This is a Thursday, May 24, 2011 file photo of Majlinda Kelmendi, left,  as she reacts after she read the news that the ethnic Albanian Judo star has not been allowed to compete for her native Kosovo, but only for Albania in a sports hall in the Kosovo city of Pec . Kosovo could join the Olympic fold this week, while Gambia could face suspension. The status of the two countries will be discussed Friday during an International Olympic Committee executive board meeting in Montreux, Switzerland, IOC spokesman Mark Adams said Wednesday Oct 22, 2014. Kosovo, which has a majority of ethnic Albanian inhabitants, declared independence in 2008. Serbia, which considers Kosovo the cradle of its statehood and religion, has refused to accept the split.  (AP Photo / Visar Kryeziu, File)

LONDON (AP) — The IOC accepted Kosovo into the Olympic fold on Wednesday, clearing the way for the former Serbian province to send an independent team to the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.

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