Guyana at the Olympics

This South American country is one of the smallest countries in South America but they did not let that stop them from participating in the biggest sporting show in the world. The Guyana Olympic Association was formed in 1935 and was only recognized by the International Olympic body thirteen years later (1948) just in time for them to participate in the 1948 London Olympics, competing as British Guiana.

British Guiana gained independence in 1966. From the 1968 Olympic games onwards, they competed under the name Guyana.

They will consistently attend the Summer Games until the 1976 Montreal Summer Olympics. They will later come back in 1980 and send eight athletes to Moscow, USSR for the Summer Olympics. This eight-athlete contingent included boxer Michael Anthony who successfully snagged the bronze medal in the bantamweight division in July 31st.

He is the only Olympic medalist from Guyana since their debut to the Summer Games thirty-two years earlier. Also, since 1980, Guyana has never missed a single Olympiad in their quest to increase their current medal count and produce more Olympic medalists.

Like many South American countries, Guyana is yet to participate in their first Winter Olympics.

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