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Vero to push claims of Faroe Islands for Olympic status

The Faroese Confederation of Sports and Olympic Committee (FCSOC) has appointed London-based sports communications consultancy Vero as advisors to its campaign to gain recognition by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Vero will work with the FCSOC to help build and highlight the Faroe Islands’ case for Olympic recognition and participation in the Olympic Games, its passion and commitment to sport as well as its self-governing political status.

Earlier this month, Vero was appointed to promote Morocco’s bid to host the 2026 edition of football’s Fifa World Cup and it has strong ties within the Olympic Movement. Vero recently supported Paris’ successful bid to host the 2024 summer Olympic Games, while it also aided surfing’s efforts to secure a place on the programme for the 2020 summer Games in Tokyo.

Jon Hestoy, vice-president of the Faroese Confederation of Sports and Olympic Committee, said: “The Faroe Islands has competed in every Paralympic summer Games since 1984 and we want to have the same opportunity to compete in the Olympic Games. The appointment of Vero reflects how seriously we take our Olympic ambition and we are looking forward to working with them and outlining our case to the IOC and wider Olympic family.”

John Zerafa, Vero director, added: “The Faroe Islands has been seeking recognition for over 40 years, is a founding member of the International Paralympic Committee and is already recognised in its own right by a further eight International Federations, so it has a strong case to build from.”