has competed in 13 Afghanistan Summer Games. They have never appeared in any Winter Games.
The country made its
first appearance at the Berlin Games in 1936. It has sent a delegation to most Summer Games since then.
Afghanistan did not send a team to the
Barcelona Games in 1992, and sent only two representatives to the Atlanta Games in 1996. Light-middleweight boxer Mohammad Jawid Aman was not permitted to compete, having arrived too late for the mandatory weigh-in and draw, which left marathonian Abdul Baser Wasiqi as the country's sole representative. Wasiqi injured a hamstring muscle before the race, but competed nonetheless, literally limping his way through the marathon and finishing last. In 1999, Afghanistan was banned from the Olympics due to its discrimination against women under 1 Taliban rule as well as its prohibition of sports of any kind, and thus missed out on the Sydney Olympics of the year 2000. The country was re-instated in 2002, following the fall of the Taliban, and 2 sent five representatives to the Athens Games in 2004. Among them were two women, Robina Muqim Yaar and Friba Razayee, the first ever women to compete for Afghanistan at the Olympics. 3
sent a team of four competitors, including three men and one woman, 4 Mehboba Ahdyar, to the 5 Beijing Games of 2008. Ahdyar has received death threats due to her intended participation in the Games. 4
Afghanistan won their first summer Olympic medal during the 2008 Beijing games, with
Rohullah Nikpai winning a bronze in men's Taekwondo 58 kg, and their second at the 2012 Games with another bronze for Nikpai in the men's 68 kg taekwondo event. 6
Medal tables by Games
Medals by Summer Games
Medals by summer sport
Updated on March 8, 2014
Note: Afghanistan was banned from the Olympics in 1999 for its discrimination against women under the
Taliban regime at the time.
^ "Taleban hope to get ban revoked", Reuters, August 17, 2000
^ "A Run to The Future", , April 11, 2004 Time
^ "Afghan women's Olympic dream", BBC, June 22, 2004
^ a b "Afghan Athletes Train for Beijing Olympic ", Afghan embassy to the United States, April 29, 2008
^ "Afghan Woman Runs Toward Olympics Despite Jeers, Potential Danger", Associated Press, March 16, 2008
^ Afghanistan at the Olympics, The Telegraph