Anonymous asked in SportsOlympics · 4 months ago

are immigrants allowed to compete in the olympics?

which country do they represent..? the country they left or went to? seems a little unorthodox to have an african compete as an American, regardless of their citizenship status. 

1 Answer

  • 4 months ago

    The Olympics require competitors to be "legal nationals" of the countries they represent at the Games. 

    I knew a guy whose dream was to compete in the Olympic games.  He was a talented college athlete but was unable to crack the top amateur rankings.  He emigrated to a smaller country and actually gave up his American citizenship specifically to qualify for their Olympic team, which he did.

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