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THREE-LETTER OLYMPIC COUNTRY ABBREVIATIONS

Each country has its own three-letter abbreviation that is used during the Olympic Games to represent that country. The following is a list of the 202 "countries" that are recognized by the IOC (International Olympic Committee).

Although "over 200" countries are attending and participating in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, there are only 192 true countries on earth. So how are there 200 or more Olympic participants? The International Olympic Committee (IOC) says it best...

"Although most National Olympic Committees (NOCs) are from nations, the IOC also recognizes independent territories, commonwealths, protectorates and geographical areas."

Of the 192 countries on earth, three (Marshall Islands, Tuvalu and the Vatican City) have no NOCs, which ensure that athletes from their respective nations attend the Olympic Games, so they won't be participating in Sydney. That results in 189 true countries with NOCs.

Add to that the thirteen territories, commonwealths, and protectorates that have NOCs and can thus participate in the Olympics: American Samoa (U.S.), Aruba (Netherlands), Bermuda (U.K.), British Virgin Islands (U.K.), Cayman Islands (U.K.), Cook Islands (New Zealand), Guam (U.S.), Hong Kong (China), Netherlands Antilles (Netherlands), Palestine (occupied by Israel), Puerto Rico (U.S.), Taiwan (China) and the Virgin Islands (U.S.).

2004 UPDATE: Athens 2004 will include 202 NOCs; three more than in Sydney 2000. Afghanistan, suspended in Oct 1999, will rejoin the Olympic family and Timor-Leste (TLS) will participate in 2004 for the very first time since independence. Kiribati's NOC was recognized in 2003.

THE 202 NOCs IN THE OLYMPIC FAMILY

53 from Africa (ANOCA)
42 from Americas (PASO)
44 from Asia (OCA)
48 from Europe (EOC)
15 from Oceania (ONOC)

* indicates a territory and not an independent country
  indicates NOCs participating in 2004 that did not participate in 2000

Country

Code

International Olympic Athlete (East Timor in 2000)

IOA

1| Afghanistan (suspended in 2000)

AFG

Albania

ALB

Algeria

ALG

American Samoa*

ASA

Andorra

AND

Angola

ANG

Antigua and Barbuda

ANT

Argentina

ARG

Armenia

ARM

Aruba*

ARU

Australia

AUS

Austria

AUT

Azerbaijan

AZE

The Bahamas

BAH

Bahrain

BRN

Bangladesh

NAG

Barbados

BAR

Belarus

BLR

Belgium

BEL

Belize

BIZ

Bermuda*

BER

Benin

BEN

Bhutan

BHU

Bolivia

BOL

Bosnia and Herzegovina

BIH

Botswana

BOT

Brazil

BRA

British Virgin Islands*

IVB

Brunei

BRU

Bulgaria

BUL

Burkina Faso

BUR

Burundi

BDI

Cambodia

CAM

Cameroon

CMR

Canada

CAN

Cape Verde

CPV

Cayman Islands*

CAY

Central African Republic

CAF

Chad

CHA

Chile

CHI

China

CHN

Colombia

COL

Comoros

COM

Congo, Republic of the

CGO

Congo, Democratic Republic of the

COD

Cook Islands*

COK

Costa Rica

CRC

Cote d'Ivoire

CIV

Croatia

CRO

50| Cuba

CUB

Cyprus

CYP

Czech Republic

CZE

Denmark

DEN

Djibouti

DJI

Dominica

DMA

Dominican Republic

DOM

Ecuador

ECU

Egypt

EGY

El Salvador

ESA

Equatorial Guinea

GEQ

Eritrea

ERI

Estonia

EST

Ethiopia

ETH

Fiji

FIJ

Finland

FIN

France

FRA

Gabon

GAB

The Gambia

GAM

Georgia

GEO

Germany

GER

Ghana

GHA

Greece

GRE

Grenada

GRN

Guam*

GUM

Guatemala

GUA

Guinea

GUI

Guinea-Bissau

GBS

Guyana

GUY

Haiti

HAI

Honduras

HON

Hong Kong*

HKG

Hungary

HUN

Iceland

ISL

India

IND

Indonesia

INA

Iran

IRI

Iraq

IRQ

Ireland

IRL

Israel

ISR

Italy

ITA

Jamaica

JAM

Japan

JPN

Jordan

JOR

Kazakhstan

KAZ

Kenya

KEN

Kiribati (NOC recognized in 2003)

KIR

Korea, North (DPR of Korea)

PRK

Korea, South

KOR

Kuwait

KUW

100| Kyrgyzstan

KGZ

Laos

LAO

Latvia

LAT

Lebanon

LIB

Lesotho

LES

Liberia

LBR

Libya

LBA

Liechtenstein

LIE

Lithuania

LTU

Luxembourg

LUX

Macedonia, Former Yugoslav Republic of

MKD

Madagascar

MAD

Malawi

MAW

Malaysia

MAS

Maldives

MDV

Mali

MLI

Malta

MLT

Mauritania

MTN

Mauritius

MRI

Mexico

MEX

Micronesia, Federated States of

FSM

Moldova

MDA

Monaco

MON

Mongolia

MGL

Morocco

MAR

Mozambique

MOZ

Myanmar (Burma)

MYA

Namibia

NAM

Nauru

NRU

Nepal

NEP

Netherlands

NED

Netherlands Antilles*

AHO

New Zealand

NZL

Nicaragua

NCA

Niger

NIG

Nigeria

NGR

Norway

NOR

Oman

OMA

Pakistan

PAK

Palau

PLW

Palestine*

PLE

Panama

PAN

Papua New Guinea

PNG

Paraguay

PAR

Peru

PER

Philippines

PHI

Poland

POL

Portugal

POR

Puerto Rico*

PUR

Qatar

QAT

150| Romania

ROM

Russia

RUS

Rwanda

RWA

Saint Kitts and Nevis

SKN

Saint Lucia

LCA

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

VIN

Samoa

SAM

San Marino

SMR

Sao Tome and Principe

STP

Saudi Arabia

KSA

Senegal

SEN

Serbia and Montenegro (Yugoslavia)

SCG

Seychelles

SEY

Sierra Leone

SLE

Singapore

SIN

Slovakia

SVK

Slovenia

SLO

Solomon Islands

SOL

Somalia

SOM

South Africa

RSA

Spain

ESP

Sri Lanka

SRI

Sudan

SUD

Suriname

SUR

Swaziland

SWZ

Sweden

SWE

Switzerland

SUI

Syria

SYR

Taiwan (Chinese Taipei)*

TPE

Tajikistan

TJK

Tanzania

TAN

Thailand

THA

Timor-Leste (participated under IOA in 2000)

TLS

Togo

TOG

Tonga

TGA

Trinidad and Tobago

TRI

Tunisia

TUN

Turkey

TUR

Turkmenistan

TKM

Uganda

UGA

Ukraine

UKR

United Arab Emirates

UAE

United Kingdom (Great Britain)

GBR

United States

USA

Uruguay

URU

Uzbekistan

UZB

Vanuatu

VAN

Venezuela

VEN

Vietnam

VIE

Virgin Islands*

ISV

200| Yemen

YEM

Zambia

ZAM

Zimbabwe

ZIM

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