South Sudan at the Olympics

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South Sudan at the
Flag of South Sudan.svg
NOCSouth Sudan National Olympic Committee
Summer appearances
Other related appearances
 Sudan (1960–2008)
 Independent Olympic Participants (2012)

South Sudan competed in the Olympic Games for the first time at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.[1] The South Sudan National Olympic Committee (NOC) was admitted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at the 128th IOC Session on 2 August 2015.[1]


South Sudan was part of Sudan until 2011, when it gained independence after a referendum. Sudan has competed at the Olympics since 1960. Under IOC rules, the South Sudan NOC was not eligible for IOC membership until national sports federations had joined both the NOC and the corresponding international federation of five Olympic sports.[1] Guor Marial competed as an Independent Olympic Athlete at the 2012 Summer Olympics, finishing 47th in the men's marathon.[2] Margret Rumat Rumat Hassan competed as an Independent Olympic Athlete at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics.[3][4] By 2015, Sudanese federations were recognised in athletics, basketball, association football, handball, judo, table tennis and taekwondo.[1] The South Sudan NOC was founded by representatives of these sports on 8 June 2015.[5] After a recommendation by its executive board, the IOC admitted the NOC at its session in Kuala Lumpur by acclamation.[1][4]

2016 Sudanese Refugee Athletes[edit]

Over twenty athletes from South Sudan trained in Kenya for participation in the Rio 2016 Games under Olympic flag refugee status. The Tegla Loroupe Peace Foundation provided training facilities in partnership with the International Olympic Committee and UN HCR and negotiations are underway to regularize participation by the South Sudanese government. Ultimately, a total of five South Sudanese athletes were selected to compete as part of the Refugee Olympic Team at the 2016 Summer Olympics, alongside five other refugee athletes from other counties.

Medal tables by Games[edit]

Medals by Summer Games[edit]

Games Athletes Gold Silver Bronze Total Rank
1960–2008 as part of  Sudan (SUD)
United Kingdom 2012 London as part of the  Independent Olympic Athletes (IOA)
Brazil 2016 Rio de Janeiro 3 0 0 0 0
Japan 2020 Tokyo Future event
Total 0 0 0 0


# Event year Season Flag bearer Sport Ref.
1 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Guor Marial Athletics [6][7]


  1. ^ a b c d e Agence France-Presse (2 August 2015). "South Sudan to compete in Rio after becoming 206th Olympic nation". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  2. ^ Zaccardi, Nick (28 July 2015). "OlympicTalk: South Sudan set for Olympic recognition". NBC Sports. NBC. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  3. ^ "From war zone to international spotlight". Nanjing 2014. IOC. 15 August 2014. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  4. ^ a b Westcott, Lucy (3 August 2015). "South Sudan Becomes 206th Olympic Country in Emotional Ceremony". Newsweek. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  5. ^ "South Sudan holds Olympic Committee founding meeting". Radio Tamazuj. 10 June 2015. Archived from the original on 3 January 2016. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  6. ^ "The Flagbearers for the Rio 2016 Opening Ceremony". International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  7. ^ Batha, Emma (18 August 2016). "Former slave to run for South Sudan in Olympic marathon". Thomson Reuters Foundation. Reuters. Retrieved 21 August 2016.

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