The team will compete in a number of international competitions, the Olympics included.
The team is a diverse one, even including a 62-year-old professor working in the Apostolic Library of the Vatican. It is now already a member of Italian track association. If all goes according to plan, the team will soon join the International Association of Athletics Federations.
This action is the latest attempt of the Holy See to promote sport as a means of solidarity, dialogue, and peace. An agreement is already signed with the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI).Read more at World Religion
For the Vatican, participating in sporting events is not new. It has sent unofficial football teams and even a cricket team which have assisted in building relations between the Vatican and the Anglican Church during yearly tours in the United Kingdom.
The agreement with CONI has enabled the nascent Vatican team to be a component of the Italian track association, thus facilitating the entry to International Association of Athletics Federations.
The Holy See hopes to take part in a number of competitions, including Games of the Small States of Europe and the Mediterranean Games and wants to ink similar agreements with the well-known Italian Paralympic committee.
It aims to field at least one team of disabled athletes.