The Vatican has announced the creation of an athletic team with the lofty goal of qualifying for the Olympics. The new team will be made up of Swiss Guards, priests, nuns, and other workers at the Vatican.
The team is part of the Italian track association and wants to join the International Association of Athletics Federations in the future. While their ultimate goal is carrying the Holy See flag during the opening ceremony at the Olympics, they are going to start small, competing in events like the Games of the Small States of Europe and the Mediterranean Games.
"The dream that we have often had is to see the Holy See flag among the delegations at the opening of the Olympic Games," said Monsignor Melchor Jose Sanchez de Toca y Alameda, team president and the head of the Vatican's sports department in the culture ministry. “We might even podium."
The team will make their debut on January 20th during the ten kilometer La Corsa di Miguel in Rome.