Scotland eyes 2016 Summer Games
EDINBURGH, Scotland -- Scotland will have its own team at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016 if it votes for independence next year, sports minister Shona Robison said Wednesday.
Scottish athletes currently compete for Britain. Tennis player Andy Murray and cyclist Chris Hoy helped the country win about 18 percent of its medals at last year's London Games.
However, Robison told 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 said Scotland would fulfill 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.