Timor-Leste (TLS)

Overview

NOCComitê Olímpico Nacional de Timor-Leste
Flagbearers17

Participants

Olympic Games 11
Youth Olympic Games 7
Other competitors with TLS nationality 5

Description

Timor is an island in the Lesser Sunda Islands, a portion of the Indonesian archipelago, south of Sulawesi. The island was controlled by the Portuguese for 400 years, but in the 20th century was divided into a Portuguese half (East) and an Indonesian half (West). In 1975, Indonesia invaded East Timor and seized it, but a separatist movement developed almost immediately. On 30 August 1999, East Timor was allowed to vote in a referendum and 79 percent of the population opted to secede from Indonesia. Rioting and violence ensued when Indonesia refused to allow this, and United Nations’ forces entered East Timor on 12 September 1999. In early 2000, East Timor was granted provisional independence by Indonesia.

East Timor first competed at the Olympic Games in 2000 at Sydney, although not under that name. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) allowed athletes from East Timor to compete under the designation of Individual Olympic Athletes (IOA). Four athletes represented East Timor at Sydney – three men (one each in track & field athletics, boxing, and weightlifting) and one woman (in track & field athletics). East Timor was recognized by the IOC at the 115th Session in Prague on 3 July 2003. At Athens in 2004, East Timor was represented by two athletes, one man and one woman in track & field athletics, while in Beijing in 2008, one female track & field athlete represented the nation. All competed in the marathon only, with the best finisher, Aguida Fatima Amaral, who placed 65th in 2004. In 2014 Timor-Leste also competed for the first time in the Winter Olympics with the Alpine skier Yohan Gonçalves.

Participations by edition

Edition As Competition Type Men Women Total
2004 Summer Olympics Timor-Leste Olympic Games 1 1 2 Results
2008 Summer Olympics Timor-Leste Olympic Games 0 1 1 Results
2010 Summer Youth Olympics Timor-Leste Youth Olympic Games 1 2 3 Results
2012 Summer Olympics Timor-Leste Olympic Games 1 1 2 Results
2014 Summer Youth Olympics Timor-Leste Youth Olympic Games 1 1 2 Results
2014 Winter Olympics Timor-Leste Olympic Games 1 0 1 Results
2016 Summer Olympics Timor-Leste Olympic Games 1 2 3 Results
2018 Summer Youth Olympics Timor-Leste Youth Olympic Games 1 1 2 Results
2018 Winter Olympics Timor-Leste Olympic Games 1 0 1 Results
2020 Summer Olympics Timor-Leste Olympic Games 2 1 3 Results

Participations by discipline

Olympic Games

Discipline (Sport) Men Women Total
Alpine Skiing (Skiing) 1 0 1 Results
Athletics 3 4 7 Results
Cycling Mountain Bike (Cycling) 0 1 1 Results
Swimming (Aquatics) 1 1 2 Results

Youth Olympic Games

Discipline (Sport) Men Women Total
Athletics 3 2 5 Results
Taekwondo 0 2 2 Results

Most successful competitors

Includes medals won as part of mixed teams.

Youth Olympic Games

Athlete Nat Gold Silver Bronze Total
Domingos Savio Dos Santos TLS 0 0 1 1