The COP and COK were formed in 1909 and 1992, respectively ©Getty Images

The Olympic Committee of Portugal (COP) and the Olympic Committee of Kosovo (COK) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at increasing cooperation between the two countries.

The agreement will allow Kosovan athletes, coaches and management to access training centres in Portugal as well as the possibility of the Iberian country to act as a training hub for Kosovo's preparations for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Portuguese athletes will also be allowed to train in Kosovan facilities and will be given logistical and technical support for any upcoming sporting events in Kosovo.

The National Olympic Committees (NOCs) will also benefit from mutual cooperation in European Commission projects, an Olympic Academy and Olympic Education Programme.

The memorandum was signed by the leaders of the two Olympic Committees.

President Ismet Krasniqi and the secretary general, Shasivar Haxhijaj, signed for the KOC, while the COP's President Jose Manuel Constantino and secretary general, Jose Manuel Araujo, put pen to paper for the Portuguese.

Kosovo's Nora Gjakova also won a gold medal at the 2018 European Judo Championships ©Getty Images
Kosovo's Nora Gjakova also won a gold medal at the 2018 European Judo Championships ©Getty Images

Krasniqi praised the memorandum, saying that "they will receive the best experiences from the Portugal NOC, cooperating closely in various projects."

Kosovo, competing in its second Summer Olympics, won two gold medals at Tokyo 2020.

Both successes came in judo as Distria Krasniqi won the women's under-48kg tournament and Nora Gjakova was triumphant in the women's under-57kg class.

Portugal won four medals in Japan.

Pedro Pichardo won the country's only gold in the men's triple jump while Patrícia Mamona took home silver in the women's event.

Jorge Fonseca earned a bronze medal in the men's under-100kg judo competition and Fernando Pimenta achieved the same feat in canoeing as he finished third in the men's K-1 1000m.