Montenegro, Tuvalu join Olympic movement

Updated: July 6, 2007, 8:39 PM ET
Associated Press

GUATEMALA CITY -- The tiny Pacific island chain of Tuvalu and the former Yugoslav republic of Montenegro were voted into the Olympic movement on Friday, bringing the IOC membership to 205 nations.

The International Olympic Committee voted by acclamation to bring the new countries into the organization.

Montenegro split from Serbia last year, part of the breakup of the former Yugoslavia. It has a population of about 620,000.

Tuvalu, formerly known as the Ellice Islands, is a chain of five Polynesian islands with a population of about 12,000. It gained independence from Britain in 1978.

IOC officials said the organization now includes all the states eligible for membership under its charter.

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