Islamic Lifestyle

1,244 OIC athletes competing at Olympics in Brazil, up 2pct from London 2012

Salaam Gateway | 17 August, 2016 Print

56 countries of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) sent a total of 1,244 athletes to compete at this year's Olympics in Rio, up 2.2 percent from the last Games in London four years ago.

Kuwait was the only OIC member country that didn't send any athletes to Brazil. The Gulf country's national Olympic committee was banned from Rio 2016 by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for interfering with the autonomy of the Olympic movement through sports legislation. However, nine of Kuwait's athletes are competing independently in Rio under the Olympic flag. 

BIGGEST OIC SPORTING NATIONS

The biggest OIC sporting nations at this year's Olympics are Egypt (123), Kazakhstan (105), and Turkey (103).

These three were also the biggest from the OIC during London 2012 although Kazakhstan and Turkey were tied first with 114 athletes each and Egypt sent 113.

FAR FEWER OIC ATHLETES 

OIC nations sent far fewer athletes to London 2012 and Rio 2016 than the global average.

On average, each of the 205 participating countries sent approximately 52 athletes in 2012, and a marginally higher 56 for Rio 2016. 

The approximate average for the OIC 57 was 21.3 in 2012 and 21.8 in 2016. 

(Data retrieval by Heba Hashem, Writing by Emmy Abdul Alim)

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1,244 OIC athletes competing at Olympics in Brazil, up 2pct from London 2012