Qatar at the Olympics

Qatar first competed at the Olympic Games in 1984, and have attended all Olypiads since then. However, the oil-rich nation in the Middle East hasn’t participated in the Winter Olympics yet. The Qatar Olympic Committee was incepted in 1979 and was recognized by the IOC one year later.

After the 2008 Summer Olympics, Qatar was one of the three nations in the world that have never sent female athletes to the Olympiad. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) made an announcement in 2010 that it will compel these countries to permit and facilitate the participation of female athletes at the Games. Upon the persuasion of IOC, the nation sent four female athletes to the Olympics for the first time in 2012. Nada Arakji, the first ever woman from Qatar to participate in the Olympiad forayed into the women’s 50 m freestyle event in swimming.

Up until 2021, the country had only won five medals (one silver and 4 bronze). At Tokyo 2020, weightlifter Meso Hassona became Qatar's first ever Olympic gold medallist when he finished well clear of his rivals in the men's 96 kilograms category. They quickly doubled that, winning another gold when high jumper Mutaz Barshim shared the gold medal in the men's event.

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