National Olympic Committee

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A National Olympic Committee (NOC) is a national constituent of the worldwide Olympic movement. Subject to the controls of the International Olympic Committee, NOCs are responsible for organizing their people's participation in the Olympic Games. They may nominate cities within their respective areas as candidates for future Olympic Games. NOCs also promote the development of athletes and training of coaches and officials at a national level within their geographies.

National Olympic Committees[edit]

As of 2011, there are 204 NOCs, representing both sovereign nations and other geographical areas. 192 of the 193 member states of the United Nations have IOC-recognized National Olympic Committees, the exception being South Sudan which gained its independence on 9 July 2011, and does not yet have a National Olympic Committee.[1] Palestine is the only United Nations observer state that has a NOC. The only states that have an NOC but are not a member or observer state of the United Nations are the Cook Islands and Taiwan designated as Chinese Taipei by the IOC.

In addition to the 195 sovereign states competing, there are 9 other territories with their own NOC:

Prior to 1996, rules for recognising separate countries at the IOC were not as strict as those for the United Nations, which allowed several dependent territories, such as Bermuda, Puerto Rico and Hong Kong to field teams separately from their parent nation. Following an amendment to the Olympic Charter in 1996, NOC recognition can only be granted after recognition as an independent country by the international community.[4] The only states that have been recognized by the United Nations which could participate in the future are South Sudan, the Vatican City and Niue. Other states with limited recognition would face obstacles to being recognized by the IOC. On 22 October 2014, the IOC executive board gave provisional recognition to Kosovo, which must be confirmed at the IOC general assembly in December. [5] Dependent territories such as Curaçao, the Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, and Macau cannot be recognised by the IOC, and athletes from those territories can only participate in the Olympics as part of their parent nation's national team. However, the rule does not apply retroactively, so dependent territories which were recognised before the rule change are allowed to continue sending separate teams to the Olympics. Also, the Faroe Islands and Macau have their own Paralympic teams.


The NOCs are all members of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), which is also split among five continental associations:

Continent Association NOCs Oldest NOC Newest NOC
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Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa 53 Egypt (1910) Eritrea (1999)
Pan American Sports Organization 41 United States (1894) Dominica (1993)
Saint Kitts and Nevis (1993)
Saint Lucia (1993)
Olympic Council of Asia 44[6] Japan (1912) Timor-Leste (2003)
European Olympic Committees 49 France (1894) Montenegro (2007)
Oceania National Olympic Committees 17 Australia (1895) Tuvalu (2007)

See the article for each continental association for the complete lists of all NOCs.

List of NOCs by recognition date[edit]

Below is a chronological list of the 204 NOCs recognized by the International Olympic Committee, since its foundation in 1894. Many of these committees were founded many years before their official recognition, while others were immediately accepted after being founded.

Only extant states are listed. Former states (e.g. The Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia, Netherlands Antilles, etc.), are not listed, only the current states derived from them (for example the Czech Olympic Committee representing Bohemia was created and recognized in 1899. It was later transformed into the Czechoslovak Olympic Committee, and, after the dissolution of Czechoslovakia, was re-recognized in 1993).

1894 France, United States
1895 Australia, Germany, Greece, Hungary
1900 Norway
1905 Denmark, Great Britain
1906 Belgium
1907 Canada, Finland
1909 Portugal
1910 Egypt
1911 Turkey
1912 Austria, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Serbia,[7] Spain, Switzerland
1913 Sweden
1914 Romania
1915 Italy
1919 New Zealand, Poland
1922 Ireland
1923 Argentina, Mexico, Uruguay
1924 Bulgaria, Haiti
1927 India
1929 Philippines
1934 Chile
1935 Brazil, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Venezuela
1936 Afghanistan, Bermuda, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Malta, Peru
1937 Sri Lanka (then Ceylon)
1947 Guatemala, Iran, Myanmar (then Burma), Panama, Republic of Korea
1948 Colombia, Guyana (then British Guiana), Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Syria, Trinidad and Tobago
1950 Thailand
1951 Hong Kong, Nigeria
1952 Bahamas, Ghana (then Gold Coast), Indonesia, Israel
1953 Monaco
1954 Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Malaysia (then Malaya)
1955 Barbados, Fiji, Kenya, Liberia
1956 Honduras, Uganda
1957 North Korea, Tunisia
1959 Albania, Ecuador, Morocco, Nicaragua, San Marino, Sudan, Suriname
1960 Chinese Taipei (then Republic of China founded 1922)
1962 Benin (then Dahomey), El Salvador, Mongolia
1963 Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire (then Ivory Coast), Jordan, Libya, Mali, Nepal, Senegal
1964 Algeria, Chad, Madagascar, Niger, Congo, Sierra Leone, Zambia
1965 Central African Republic, Guinea, Saudi Arabia, Togo
1966 Kuwait
1967 Belize (then British Honduras), Virgin Islands
1968 Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Malawi, Tanzania
1970 Paraguay
1972 Burkina Faso (then Upper Volta), Lesotho, Mauritius, Somalia, Swaziland
1974 Papua New Guinea
1975 Andorra
1976 Antigua and Barbuda, Cayman Islands, Gambia
1978 Cyprus
1979 Bahrain, Laos, Mauritania, Mozambique, People's Republic of China, Seychelles, Vietnam
1980 Angola, Bangladesh, Botswana, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Zimbabwe
1981 Yemen
1982 British Virgin Islands, Oman
1983 Bhutan, Samoa (then Western Samoa), Solomon Islands
1984 Brunei, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Grenada, Rwanda, Tonga
1985 Maldives
1986 Aruba, Cook Islands, Guam
1987 American Samoa, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Vanuatu
1991 Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Namibia, South Africa
1993 Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burundi, Cape Verde, Comoros, Croatia, Czech Republic, Dominica, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Macedonia, Russia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, São Tomé and Príncipe, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan
1994 Nauru
1995 Cambodia, Guinea-Bissau, Palestine
1997 Federated States of Micronesia
1999 Eritrea, Palau
2003 Kiribati, Timor-Leste
2006 Marshall Islands
2007 Montenegro, Tuvalu

Unrecognized National Olympic Committees[edit]

The Macau Sports and Olympic Committee was founded in 1987 and has attempted to enroll to the IOC since its foundation, but is still not officially recognized and thus no athlete has participated in the Olympic Games under the name "Macau, China". It has, however, participated in the Paralympic Games. The Faroe Islands have a recognised National Paralympic Committee.[8]

Other existing countries/regions with unrecognized Olympic committees: Catalonia,[9] Gibraltar,[10] French Polynesia,[11] Niue,[12] Kosovo (see Olympic Committee of Kosovo), Somaliland,[13] New Caledonia,[14] Kurdistan,[15][16] Northern Cyprus,[17] Abkhazia,[18] Native Americans,[19][20] the Northern Mariana Islands, Anguilla, Montserrat, and Turks & Caicos Islands.[21] South Ossetia intends to establish a National Olympic Committee too.[22] Representatives from the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic would take part in Armenia’s National Olympic Committee.[23]

See also[edit]


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