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Number of Participating Countries at the Olympics

Thirteen nations were represented at the very first modern Olympic Games in Athens, in 1896 (though some records report 14 countries). Over time this number has increased to over 200 in recent Games, though the chart below shows clearly that the boycotts in 1976 and 1980 resulted in the numbers being well down in those years.

Number of participating NOCs at the Olympic Games Number of participating countries at the Olympic Games

Table of Host Cities and Number of participating NOCs

* the number for each Olympiad represents the number of teams representing the National Olympic Committees (NOCs), though in recent years the number also includes the independent athletes and refugee teams.

Olympiad Year Host City, Country no. of nations *
XXXII 2021 Tokyo, Japan 206 (includes the refugee team and the Russian independent athletes)
XXXI 2016 Rio, Brazil 207
XXX 2012 London, England 204
XXIX 2008 Beijing, China 204
XXVIII 2004 Athens, Greece 201
XXVII 2000 Sydney, Australia 199
XXVI 1996 Atlanta, USA 197
XXV 1992 Barcelona, Spain 169
XXIV 1988 Seoul, South Korea 159
XXIII 1984 Los Angeles, USA 140
XXII 1980 Moscow, USSR 80
XXI 1976 Montreal, Canada 92
XX 1972 Munich, Germany 121
XIX 1968 Mexico City, Mexico 112
XVIII 1964 Tokyo, Japan 93
XVII 1960 Rome, Italy 83
XVI 1956 Melbourne, Australia 72
XV 1952 Helsinki, Finland 69
XIV 1948 London, Great Britain 59
XI 1936 Berlin, Germany 49
X 1932 Los Angeles, USA 37
IX 1928 Amsterdam, Holland 46
VIII 1924 Paris, France 44
VII 1920 Antwerp, Belgium 29
V 1912 Stockholm, Sweden 28
IV 1908 London, Great Britain 22
III 1904 St Louis, USA 12
II 1900 Paris, France 28
I 1896 Athens, Greece 13 or 14

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