Afghanistan at the
NOCNational Olympic Committee of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
Ranked 147th
Summer appearances

Afghanistan has competed in 15 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 14 of the 19 subsequent Summer Games since then. It is organised by the National Olympic Committee of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, which is currently presided by Nazar Mohammad Mutmaeen.


Afghanistan's field hockey team in 1956

The country made its first appearance at the Berlin Games in 1936.

Afghanistan competed at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, sending a total of 31 competitors, which consisted of the men's field hockey and football teams. This is the highest number of athletes that Afghanistan has ever sent to a Summer Olympic Games.

Afghanistan's football tournament culminated in Afghanistan being defeated 6-0 against Luxembourg, and they failed to qualify to the first round of the tournament. At the men's field hockey tournament won one match, drew one match and lost one match, resulting in placing third of four competing teams, with 3 points. Therefore, Afghanistan did not proceed to the semi-finals, finishing third in their respective group.

In the following 1952 Games at Helsinki, Afghanistan did not participate. However, Afghanistan returned for the 1956 Games at Melbourne, sending a team of 12 for the men's field hockey tournament, with six of the competitors on the team having participated previously in 1948.

Afghanistan did not send a team, sending an official to the Barcelona Games in 1992, and sent only two representatives to the Atlanta Games in 1996: light-middleweight boxer Mohammad Jawid Aman was disqualified after he arrived too late for the mandatory weigh-in and draw, which left marathon runner Abdul Baser Wasiqi as the country's sole representative. Wasiqi pulled a hamstring before the race, but competed nonetheless, limping his way through the marathon and finishing last.[1]

The ANOC was suspended by the IOC in 1999, and Afghanistan were subsequently banned from the Sydney Games in 2000 for discrimination against women under the rule of the Taliban and prohibition of sports of any kind. The country was re-instated in 2002 following the fall of the Taliban,[2] and 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]

Afghanistan sent a team of four competitors,[4] including three men and one woman, Mehboba Ahdyar,[5] to the 2008 Beijing Games. Ahdyar 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 68kg taekwondo event.[6]

Afghanistan returned for a fourth consecutive games, at Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Rohullah Nikpai, who had earned a medal at the two previous games in taekwando did not return. Instead, three athletes were sent, competing in two sports - Athletics and Judo. None of the athletes managed to progress and qualify further in their events. Despite finishing last in the women's 100 metres, Kamia Yousufi became Afghanistan's national record holder with 14.02 seconds, which was also at her Olympic debut.[7] She also ran her preliminary heat in a full-body kit and hijab.[8]

In April 2021, the ANOC announced that Fahim Anwari will become the first swimmer to represent Afghanistan at the Olympics.[9][10][11] Afghanistan received an invitation from the Tripartite Commission to send a men's rifle shooter, Mahdi Yovari, marking the nation's Olympic debut in the sport.[12]

Afghanistan's participation status for the 2024 Summer Olympics was unclear amid the political turmoil and the Taliban's return to power in August 2021.[13] In June 2024, it was confirmed that Afghanistan will be participating with 3 male and 3 female athletes.

Medal tables

See also: All-time Olympic Games medal table

Medals by Summer Games

Games Athletes Gold Silver Bronze Total Rank
1936 Berlin 19 0 0 0 0
1948 London 31 0 0 0 0
1952 Helsinki did not participate
1956 Melbourne 12 0 0 0 0
1960 Rome 18 0 0 0 0
1964 Tokyo 8 0 0 0 0
1968 Mexico City 5 0 0 0 0
1972 Munich 8 0 0 0 0
1976 Montreal did not participate
1980 Moscow 11 0 0 0 0
1984 Los Angeles Boycotted
1988 Seoul 5 0 0 0 0
1992 Barcelona did not participate
1996 Atlanta 2 0 0 0 0
2000 Sydney banned from participating
2004 Athens 5 0 0 0 0
2008 Beijing 4 0 0 1 1 82
2012 London 6 0 0 1 1 79
2016 Rio de Janeiro 3 0 0 0 0
2020 Tokyo 5 0 0 0 0
2024 Paris 6 0 0 0 0
2028 Los Angeles
2032 Brisbane
Total 0 0 2 2 145

Medals by summer sport

Totals (1 entries)0022

Note: Afghanistan was banned from the Olympics in 2000 for the Taliban regime's discrimination against women at the time.

List of medalists

Medal Name Games Sport Event
 Bronze Rohullah Nikpai 2008 Beijing Taekwondo Men's 58 kg
 Bronze 2012 London Taekwondo Men's 68 kg

See also


  1. ^ "Taleban hope to get ban revoked", Reuters, August 17, 2000
  2. ^ "A Run to The Future", Time, April 11, 2004
  3. ^ "Afghan women's Olympic dream", BBC, June 22, 2004
  4. ^ a b "Afghan Athletes Train for Beijing Olympic " Archived 2008-05-13 at the Wayback Machine, Afghan embassy to the United States, April 29, 2008
  5. ^ "Afghan Woman Runs Toward Olympics Despite Jeers, Potential Danger" Archived 2012-10-20 at the Wayback Machine, Associated Press, March 16, 2008
  6. ^ Afghanistan at the Olympics, The Telegraph
  7. ^ *"Athletics – Women's 100m – Preliminary Round" (PDF). Rio 2016. 12 August 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 September 2016. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  8. ^ "Rio Olympics 2016: Kariman Abuljadayel makes Saudi history in 100m". BBC. 13 August 2016. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  9. ^ Faizi, Benafsha. "Candidate Athletes – Olympic New Site". Archived from the original on 2021-11-17. Retrieved 2021-06-02.
  10. ^ "Afghan swimmer Fahim Anwari sets new national record". Ariana News. Retrieved 2021-06-02.
  11. ^ "OCA » Afghanistan NOC celebrates two national records for swimmer Anwari". Retrieved 2021-06-02.
  12. ^ "Quota Places by Nation and Number". ISSF. 31 May 2021. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  13. ^ "Bach praises response of Olympic community to Afghanistan crisis with more than 100 assisted in leaving nation". Reuters.