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Tuvalu at the
Olympics
Flag of Tuvalu.svg
IOC codeTUV
NOCTuvalu Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee
Websitewww.oceaniasport.com/tuvalu
Medals
Gold
0
Silver
0
Bronze
0
Total
0
Summer appearances

Tuvalu participates in the Olympic Games in the Summer Olympics. They have yet to compete at the Winter Games.

The Tuvalu Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee was recognised as a National Olympic Committee in July 2007.[1] Tuvalu entered the Olympic Games for the first time at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, China, with a weightlifter and two athletes in the men's and women's 100-metre sprints.[2] Tuvaluan athletes have yet to progress past the first round of their events.

National Olympic Committee[edit]

The Tuvalu Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (TASNOC) was founded in 2004 under the name 'Tuvalu Association of Sports'. It was renamed to TASNOC and recognized by the IOC as a National Olympic Committee (NOC) on 16 July 2007.[3][4] Robert Laupula managed the Tuvalu Sports Association and the application for membership of the Olympic movement, which was co-ordinated by the Oceania National Olympic Committees.[5] The TASNOC organizes Tuvalu's participation in the Commonwealth Games as well as the Olympic Games. The committee has had three different Secretary Generals: Isala T. Isala is the current secretary general, and Eselealofa Apinelu is the president.[6]

Olympics overview[edit]

Tuvalu NOC logo

2008 Summer Olympics[edit]

Tuvalu sent three athletes to the 2008 Summer Olympics: two in athletics and one in weightlifting. Both Okilani Tinilau and Asenate Manoa set national records in the 100 metres dash, with times of 11.48 and 14.05 respectively.[7][8] They were both eliminated in the first heat.[9] Logona Esau finished 23rd in the men's −69 kg competition.[10]

2012 Summer Olympics[edit]

Three Tuvaluan competitors represented the country at the 2012 Olympics. Tuau Lapua Lapua finished the highest of the Tuvaluan competitors with a 12th place finish in the Men's −62 kg event, finishing with a score of 243.[11] Tavevele Noa and Asenate Manoa were both eliminated in the first heats of the 100 metres dash, and Manoa set a national record in the women's 100 metres.[12]

2016 Summer Olympics[edit]

One athlete competed for Tuvalu in the 2016 Summer Olympics, the only country to send one delegate.[13] Etimoni Timuani competed in the 100 metres dash, finishing seventh in his heat. He did not advance to the next round.[14]

Medal tables[edit]

Tuvalu has never won a medal in the Summer Olympics.

Medals by Summer Games
Games Athletes Gold Silver Bronze Total
China 2008 Beijing 3 0 0 0 -
United Kingdom 2012 London 3 0 0 0 -
Brazil 2016 Rio de Janeiro 1 0 0 0 -
Japan 2020 Tokyo Future event
France 2024 Paris
United States 2028 Los Angeles
Total 0 0 0 -

Flagbearers[edit]

Etimoni Timuani during the Parade of Nations in the 2016 Summer Games in Rio.

Flag bearers carry the national flag of their country at the opening ceremony and closing ceremony of the Olympic Games. The first flag bearer for Tuvalu was Logona Esau, a weightlifter, in 2008.

Summer Olympics
Games Athlete Sport Notes
China 2008 Beijing Logona Esau Weightlifting [15]
United Kingdom 2012 London Tuau Lapua Lapua (opening)
Asenate Manoa (closing)
Weightlifting
Athletics
[15][16]
Brazil 2016 Rio de Janeiro Etimoni Timuani Athletics [17]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Tuvalu Olympic Athletes Finish Competition Proudly". www.tuvaluislands.com. 16 August 2008. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  3. ^ Lalua, Silafaga (9 July 2007). "Tuvalu in the IOC". Tuvalu-News.TV. Archived from the original on 18 October 2012. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Tuvalu - National Olympic Committee (NOC)". International Olympic Committee. Archived from the original on 10 December 2011.
  5. ^ Semi, Diana; Lalua, Silafaga (2 November 2006). "400 grand needed for TAS". Archived from the original on 18 October 2012. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  6. ^ Malaki, Semi (9 March 2015). "Three women to contest for the General Election" (PDF). Fenui News. Archived (PDF) from the original on 4 October 2017. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  7. ^ Sotiriadou, Popi; Bosscher, Veerle De (2013). Managing High Performance Sport. Routledge. p. 39. ISBN 9780415671958. Archived from the original on 7 October 2017.
  8. ^ Mitchell, Kevin (24 August 2008). "Games for all as Britain shines". theGuardian. Archived from the original on 25 August 2008. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  9. ^ "Tuvalu Olympic Athletes Finish Competition Proudly". 16 August 2008. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  10. ^ "Logona Esau". Sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 13 December 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  11. ^ "London 2012 62kg featherweight men - Olympic Weightlifting". International Olympic Committee. Archived from the original on 26 March 2017. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  12. ^ "Women's 100 metres". london2012.com. Archived from the original on 31 May 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  13. ^ Stewart, Megan (28 July 2016). "Table for one? Meet the 10 smallest delegations at Rio 2016". Rio 2016. Archived from the original on 21 September 2016. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  14. ^ "Men's 100 metres - Standings". Rio2016.com. Archived from the original on 26 August 2016. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  15. ^ a b "Tuvalu at the Olympics". Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 24 June 2016. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  16. ^ "London 2012 Closing Ceremony - Flag Bearers" (PDF). Olympic.org. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 August 2016. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  17. ^ Maese, Rick; Soong, Kelyn (13 August 2016). "Only one country sent a single athlete to Rio: 'Right now he's an ambassador'". Washington Post. Archived from the original on 27 August 2017. Retrieved 3 October 2017.