The athletes from nowhere: Dispatches from the Faroe Islands, a proud sporting nation the Olympics won’t acknowledge

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Ah, the hard memories

We competed at the 2015 European Games in Baku,” Joensen remembers. “And we were not allowed to use the Faroe flag. Instead we had to compete as LEN (Ligue Européenne de Natation) and were given tee-shirts with no flag, just plain blue with our name. And when we were introduced our name was read out with no nationality. It felt like a punishment because we wanted to show where we came from but we did not have the chance. We were from nowhere.

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The images are my own, showing our fancy no-name team uniforms

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