Sport in Kiribati
Kiribati is a relatively young nation which only became an independent state in 1979 and became a member of the United Nations in 1999. As far as sports are concerned, as a former territory of the United Kingdom, a large portion of the Kiribati population enjoys football and their national football team is part of the Oceania Football Confederation. As a relatively young nation, they just have not yet made the kind of footprint in the international football stage. The Oceania Football Confederation is not a big influence in the football stage but Kiribati is trying to qualify for a larger stage such as the FIFA World Cup.
Kiribati loves football but the country logged its first international win with a completely different sport, weightlifting. Kiribati became a member of the Commonwealth Games in 1998 and Olympic Games in 2004. In their first international event, Kiribati sent two athletes for weightlifting to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia but their first win did not come until 2014 when David Katoatau took the gold in Glasgow, Scotland 10 years later in the 105kg group A.
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Popular sports of Kiribati
Kiribati Sporting Success
- Kiribati won its first-ever Commonwealth Games medal in 2014 in Glasgow when weightlifter David Katoatau won gold.
Athletes from Kiribati
- David Katoatau
Kiribati Sports trivia
- Kiribati first competed at the Olympic Games in 2004, and sent three participants. During the opening ceremony, the country's name was mispronounced by officials in all three languages