Sport in East TimorEast Timor
is a new country, and as one of the world's poorest countries, with lack of money and investments, sport activities are very few and very limited at the professional level.
International sports associations
East Timor has joined many international sport associations, including the International Olympic Committee
(IOC). The IOC board has granted full recognition to the East Timorese Olympic
Committee (COTL). The IOC had allowed a mainly symbolic four-member team to take part in the 2000 Sydney Games under the Olympic flag as "Independent Olympic Athletes." The Federaçao Timor-Leste de Atletismo had joined the (IAAF). The Federaçao de Badminton de Timor-Leste had joined the International Badminton Federation (IBF) in April 2003. The had joined the . Confederacao do Desporto de Timor Leste also joined the International Weightlifting Federation. East Timor is also a full member of the International Table-Tennis Federation (ITTF). In September 2005, joined .
Participation in international events
East Timor has taken part in several sporting events. Although the athletes came back with no medals, East Timorese athletes had the opportunity to compete with other Southeast Asian athletes in the 2003 Southeast Asian Games
held in Vietnam
in 2003. In the 2003 ASEAN Paralympics
Games, also held in Vietnam, East Timor won a bronze medal. In the Athens 2004 Olympic Games
, six athletes participated in three sports:... Read More