Brunei at the Olympics
|Brunei at the Olympic Games|
Brunei, as Brunei Darussalam, first participated at the Olympic Games in 1988, with a single official but no athletes. The nation returned and sent athletes to compete in the Summer Olympic Games in 1996, 2000 and 2004. On each occasion, it was represented by a single athlete. Brunei has never participated in the Winter Olympic Games, and has never won an Olympic medal.
As of 2010 Brunei was, along with Saudi Arabia and Qatar, one of only three countries never have sent a female athlete to the Olympic Games. The International Olympic Committee in 2010 announced it would "press" these countries to allow and facilitate women's participation, and shortly thereafter the Qatar Olympic Committee announced that it "hoped to send up to four female athletes in shooting and fencing" to the 2012 Summer Games in London. At the inaugural Youth Olympics in 2010, for which mixed teams were a requirement, Brunei's three-person delegation did include two girls (Amanda Jia Xin Liew in swimming and Maziah Mahusin in hurdling).
In March 2012, Brunei informed the IOC that it intended for Maziah Mahusin to compete at the London Games. Although Mahusin was unlikely to meet the qualifying standards for the Games, she would be able to compete thanks to the Olympics' principle of universality, which states that "NOCs have the possibility of entering unqualified athletes in athletics and swimming should they not have athletes qualified in these sports".
Medals by Summer Games
|2008 Beijing||did not participate|
- "Qatar decision to send female athletes to London 2012 increases pressure on Saudi Arabia", Inside the Games, July 1, 2010
- Brunei expelled from Olympics opening ceremony.
- "Inside Lines: Protests at 2012 if Saudis say 'no girls allowed'", The Independent, July 4, 2010
- "Saoudiennes, Qataries et Bruneiennes enfin aux JO ?", Le Monde, 14 March 2012
- "Brunei to Send Its First Female Athlete to the Olympics", International Herald Tribune, 21 March 2012
- "Games of the XXX Olympiad, London 2012 Tripartite Commission: Invitation Places: Information Paper for NOCs", International Olympic Committee