Why is Puerto Rico a separate country in the Olympics?

Puerto Rico is a territory of the US. So why is it represented as a country and not a part of the US?

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  • James
    Lv 6
    3 years ago
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    Prior to 1996, IOC rules allowed for autonomous regions and territories to form national Olympic committees, seek IOC recognition and participate in the Games on their own. Remember that for much of the 20th century most of Africa, Asia and a large part of the Americas were territories or colonies of european countries.

    There are 10 non-sovereign countries in the Olympics - Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam American Samoa, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cook Islands and Hong Kong.

    Current IOC rules do not allow for additional autonomous regions to join the Olympic movement - their athletes would have to represent their "parent" country. The existing ones are allowed to continue on their own so long as they remain politically autonomous.

  • 3 years ago

    Because they should be a separate country from the U.S. Period. F Puerto Rico, they contributed nothing. I am starting the Un-Annex Puerto Rico movement! For a better America!

  • 3 years ago

    their a territory but not part of the U.S For example, if born in Puerto Rico, you are a U.S. citizen. However you are not allowed to vote on the upcoming elections.

  • 3 years ago

    for the same reason members of the British Commonwealth compete as separate countries and not as part of the United Kingdom, they are not considered the same country.

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  • 3 years ago

    The name just sounds like a foreign country.

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