Oceania nation, Papua New Guinea made its first appearance at the Summer Olympic Games in 1976. The nation missed the 1980 edition of the Olympics when it joined a boycott that was spearheaded by the United States. The nation returned to the Olympics in 1984 and took part in the Olympics until 2016. The nation hasn’t won any medals at the Olympics.
The Papua New Guinea’s International Olympic Committee was created in 1973 and acknowledged by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1974.
Papua New Guinea most notable participant at the Olympics was Ryan Pini in the sport of swimming. He participated the men’s 100m butterfly final event at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the first athlete from this country to make an Olympic final. H eattended the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics, and was also the PNG flagbearer in 2008.
Only three Papua New Guinea athletes took part in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Sprinters Theo Piniau and Toea Wisil were in the men's 200 m and women's 100 m events respectively but failed to qualify in the semifinal round. Boxer Thadius Katua bowed to Russian Abdurashidov 0-3 to bow out of the competition in the boxing men's lightweight category.