East Germany at the Olympics

East Germany At The Olympics

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East Germany at the Olympics

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The German Democratic Republic (GDR), often called East Germany, had founded a separate National Olympic Committee for socialist East Germany on 22 April 1951 in the Rotes Rathaus of East Berlin, as the last of three German Olympic committees of the time. It was not recognized by the IOC for over a decade.


Division of Germany

After the division of Germany following World War II, three separate states had been founded under occupation. After attempts made in 1947 to continue the tradition of Germany at the Olympics, which had started before 1896, were denied by the Allies, no German team could participate in the 1948 games. Finally, in 1949, the National Olympic Committee for Germany was founded in the Western Federal Republic of Germany, later recognized by the IOC to cover both larger German states. The small, French-occupied Saarland and its NOC (SAA) had, for about a decade, not been allowed to join the German counterparts, but joined the Federal Republic of Germany after 1955.

East German authorities of the Nationales Olympisches Komitee für Ostdeutschland refused to send their athletes to the 1952 games in an all-German team while demanding a team of their own, which was denied by the IOC.

United German Team

They agreed to participate for 1956, German athletes from the two remaining states competed at the Olympic Games in 1956, 1960 and 1964 as the United Team of Germany. While this team was simply called Germany at the time, it is currently designated by...
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