How many of the USA's territories have their own olympic teams?
And why isn't that considered Double Dipping? Aren't people from PR, Guam (etc) allowed to participate on the USA team?
- JamesLv 63 years agoFavorite Answer
IOC rules and policy prior to 1996 allowed for autonomous territories and possessions to organise their own national Olympic committees and to seek IOC recognition. Using this process, many african, american and asian countries were allowed to enter the Games while they were still colonies of the european powers, and nearly all have acquired full independence. Here is the list of the remaining autonomous territories participating in the Olympics:
US territories - Puerto Rico (1948), Virgin Islands (1967), Guam (1986) and American Samoa (1987)
British territories - Bermuda (1936), Cayman Islands (1976) and British Virgin Islands
Dutch territory - Aruba (1986)
New Zealand free association country - Cook Islands (1986)
Chinese special administrative region - Hong Kong (1951) - originally a British territory
Current IOC rules require that country be eligible for UN membership for IOC recognition. As a result an number of other autonomous territories like Macau, Gibraltar and the Faroe Islands which participate their own in many of the Olympic sports have been denied a place in the Olympics. Athletes from these territories who qualify for the Olympics would have to represent their "parent" country. Likewise, the remaining autonomous regions with Olympic teams are on notice that if their political status changes, they could lose their IOC recognition. Following the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles 2010, the national Olympic committee for the collection of dutch caribbean islands was stripped of IOC recognition.
Is it double dipping? Possibly - yes in most cases, these athletes are either citizens or nationals of the parent country and thus could represent them. But for the most part we are talking about a small number of athletes and very medals.
- NWIPLv 73 years ago
No the US is the 50 States it does not include the Territories. They are their own country so they compete as that
- Anonymous3 years ago
Even more when you factor in the defacto protectorate "states of free association compact" like Palau too