Kosovo's President Vjosa Osmani hands the country's flag to Olympic champion Majlinda Kelmendi ©KOC

Olympic judo gold medallist Majlinda Kelmendi will headline an 11-strong team from Kosovo at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The 30-year-old will defend the historic under-52 kilograms title she won at Rio 2016 when Kosovo made its debut at the Games.

Kelmendi, a double world champion, was largely tipped to win in Rio and duly delivered to make Kosovo's debut appearance a golden one.

She will now carry the country's flag at the Tokyo 2020 Opening Ceremony here on July 23, with the country also having the option of naming a male flagbearer.

Kosovo, which was recognised by the International Olympic Committee in 2014, declared independence from Serbia in 2008.

The team of 11 in Tokyo is an increase of three from Rio 2016.

Kosovo's uniform for Tokyo 2020 was revealed ©KOC
Kosovo's uniform for Tokyo 2020 was revealed ©KOC

Kelmendi is joined in the squad by fellow judoka Distria Krasniqi, Nora Gjakova, Akil Gjakova and Loriana Kuka.

Wrestler Egzon Shala, boxer Donjeta Sadiku, shooter Drilon Ibrahimi, middle-distance runner Musa Hajdari and swimmers Olt Kondiroll and Eda Zeqiri complete the squad.

A leaving ceremony was held at the Gërmia swimming pool in Prishtina and attended by the country's President Vjosa Osmani.

She handed the Kosovo flag to Kelmendi and Prime Minister Albin Kurti provided a video message.

Kosovo's uniform for Tokyo 2020 was unveiled at the event, by the team's sponsor Fourteen.

It features the blue and yellow colours of Kosovo's flag, as well as the "Goddess on the Throne" and the "Runner of Prizren".