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 North Borneo (1956)

Malaysia first participated at the Olympic Games in 1956, and has sent athletes to compete in every Summer Olympic Games since then, except when Malaysia participated in the American-led boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics.[1][2] Malaysia made their debut at the Winter Olympic Games in 2018.[3]

The Federation of Malaya (now the states comprising West Malaysia) competed as Malaya (MAL) in the 1956 and 1960 Games. The present day state of Sabah sent an independent team to the 1956 Games as North Borneo,[4][5] and Singapore also competed at the Olympics from 1948 to 1960.[6] After these British colonies federated to form an independent Malaysia in 1963, the nation competed under that name for the first time at the 1964 Summer Olympics.[7][8] Malaysia would inherit Malaya's code MAL until 1988 when it started competing under its present code MAS. Singapore would subsequently regain independence from Malaysia in 1965 and compete once again as Singapore from 1968 onwards.

Malaysian athletes have won a total of 13 Olympic medals, 9 in badminton, 2 in diving and 2 in cycling. The first Malaysian Olympians to win Olympic medals were two of the Sidek brothers, Razif Sidek and Jalani Sidek back in the 1992 Summer Olympics.[9] The Malaysian athlete with the most medals won is Lee Chong Wei with three silver medals in badminton.[10] No Malaysian athlete has ever won a gold medal, making Malaysia the country that has won the most Olympic medals without earning gold.[11]

The National Olympic Committee for Malaya was created in 1953 and recognised by the International Olympic Committee in 1954. This subsequently became the National Olympic Committee for Malaysia.


See also: All-time Olympic Games medal count

List of medalists

Medal Name Games Sport Event
 Silver Ng Boon Bee
Punch Gunalan
1972 Munich Badminton Men's doubles
 Bronze Hii King Hung 1992 Barcelona Taekwondo Bantamweight (47–51 kg)
 Bronze Razif Sidek
Jalani Sidek
1992 Barcelona Badminton Men's doubles
 Silver Cheah Soon Kit
Yap Kim Hock
1996 Atlanta Badminton Men's doubles
 Bronze Rashid Sidek 1996 Atlanta Badminton Men's singles
 Silver Lim Yew Fai 2008 Beijing Wushu Men's Jianshu / Qiangshu
 Silver Chai Fong Ying 2008 Beijing Wushu Men's Taijiquan / Taijijian
 Bronze Pui Fook Chien 2008 Beijing Wushu Men's Nanquan / Nangun
 Bronze Chai Fong Wei 2008 Beijing Wushu Women's Daoshu / Gunshu
 Bronze Diana Bong Siong Lin 2008 Beijing Wushu Women's Nanquan / Nandao
 Silver Lee Chong Wei 2008 Beijing Badminton Men's singles
 Silver Lee Chong Wei 2012 London Badminton Men's singles
 Bronze Pandelela Rinong 2012 London Diving Women's 10 metre platform
 Silver Lee Chong Wei 2016 Rio de Janeiro Badminton Men's singles
 Silver Goh V Shem
Tan Wee Kiong
2016 Rio de Janeiro Badminton Men's doubles
 Silver Chan Peng Soon
Goh Liu Ying
2016 Rio de Janeiro Badminton Mixed doubles
 Silver Cheong Jun Hoong
Pandelela Rinong
2016 Rio de Janeiro Diving Women's synchronised 10 metre platform
 Bronze Azizulhasni Awang 2016 Rio de Janeiro Cycling Men's keirin
 Silver Azizulhasni Awang 2020 Tokyo Cycling Men's keirin
 Bronze Aaron Chia
Soh Wooi Yik
2020 Tokyo Badminton Men's doubles

Medals by individual

According to official data of the International Olympic Committee. This is a list of people who have won two or more Olympic medals for Malaysia.

Athlete Sport Years Games Gender 1st place, gold medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Total
Lee Chong Wei Badminton 2008–2016 Summer Men 0 3 0 3
Pandelela Rinong Diving 2012–2016 Summer Women 0 1 1 2
Azizulhasni Awang Cycling 2016–2020 Summer Men 0 1 1 2

See also


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  3. ^ Tanaka, Yukifumi (23 August 2021). "Look to the Past: Malaysia's Winter Olympic Debut". Archived from the original on 21 September 2021. Retrieved 23 August 2021.
  4. ^ Oh, GL (7 August 2021). "Sabah participated in the Olympics – as North Borneo". Daily Express. Archived from the original on 8 August 2021. Retrieved 21 September 2021.
  5. ^ Afifah, Nur (27 July 2021). "Tahukah Anda Bahawa Sabah Pernah Menyertai Temasya Sukan Olimpik Sebagai Sebuah Negara?" [Did You Know That Sabah Once Participated In The Olympics As A Nation?] (in Malay). Archived from the original on 21 September 2021. Retrieved 21 September 2021.
  6. ^ "Us Versus The World: A Throwback Of Singaporeans Who Have Made Us Proud At The Olympics". Vulcan Post. 16 August 2016. Archived from the original on 21 September 2021. Retrieved 21 September 2021.
  7. ^ "Malaysian athletes at the Tokyo 1964 Olympics*". Olympian Database. Retrieved 21 September 2021.
  8. ^ Kor, Justin (24 July 2019). "When Singapore marched as Malaysia". Singapore Olympics. Archived from the original on 21 September 2021. Retrieved 21 September 2021.
  9. ^ De Silva, Joash Ee (27 November 2019). "Lessons from the Sidek legacy". The Star. Archived from the original on 21 September 2021. Retrieved 23 August 2021.
  10. ^ "Chong Wei LEE". Retrieved 26 July 2021.
  11. ^ "All-Time Olympic Games Medal Tally Analysis".