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Andy Murray could represent Scotland at Rio Olympics

Scotland's sports minister says it will have its own team at 2016 Games if it votes for independence next year.

Andy Murray won the gold medal in the men's singles for Great Britain in 2012. Stefan Wermuth / Reuters
Andy Murray won the gold medal in the men's singles for Great Britain in 2012. Stefan Wermuth / Reuters

EDINBURGH, Scotland // Scotland’s sports minister says it will have its own team at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016 if it votes for independence next year.

Scottish athletes currently compete for Britain, with tennis player Andy Murray and cyclist Chris Hoy helping them win around 18 per cent of the host team’s medals at last year’s London Games.

However, Shona Robison tells 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 September 18, 2014.

Robison says 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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