List of participating nations at the Summer Olympic Games

List Of Participating Nations At The Summer Olympic Games

List of participating nations at the Summer Olympic Games

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This is a list of nations, as represented by National Olympic Committees (NOCs), that have participated in the Summer Olympic Games between 1896 and 2008. As of the 2008 Games in Beijing, all of the current 205 NOCs have participated in at least one edition of the Olympic Games, and athletes from Australia, France, Great Britain, Greece, and Switzerland have competed in all twenty-six Summer Olympic Games.



History

Early years

Early Games were not clearly documented with respect to participating nations. Competitors from 11 to 16 different nations participated in the inaugural 1896 Games, in Athens. Eleven nations (Australia, Austria, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States) are mentioned in the official report for the Games, and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) states that 14 nations were represented.The NOCs for Bulgaria and Chile each claim that they were represented by a single athlete in Athens.Other sources also list Egypt, Italy, and the Turkish Empire.

The IOC states that 24 nations participated in the 1900 Summer Olympics, in Paris, but additional sources list up to 28 nations, with Haiti, Iran, Luxembourg, and Peru being the...
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