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Scotland could fly solo at Rio 2016

ESPN staff
September 18, 2013
Andy Murray, who won gold for Great Britain at London 2012, could be competing for Scotland instead in 2016 © Getty Images

Scotland will have their own team at the Rio Olympics in 2016 if the country votes for independence next year, sports minister Shona Robison has insisted.

Scottish athletes like tennis player Andy Murray and cyclist Chris Hoy helped Great Britain win nearly 18 per cent of their medals (11 out of 65) at last year's London Games. Overall, there were 55 Scots out of 542 Team GB athletes.

However, Robison said 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 September 18, 2014.

Robison said Scotland would fulfill the criteria to be an Olympic nation, as it would be an independent state recognised by the international community, would have a solid sporting structure, and have at least five national federations affiliated to international federations of Olympic sports.

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