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Netherlands Antilles at the Olympics

The Netherlands Antilles participated at the Olympic Games from 1952 until 2008. As a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, it supported the Netherlands' boycott of the 1956 Games and also joined the American-led boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics. The Netherlands Antilles participated in the Winter Olympic Games twice.

Netherlands Antilles at the
Olympics
Flag of the Netherlands.svg
IOC code AHO
NOC Nederlands Antilliaans Olympisch Comité
Website www.sports.an (in English)
Medals
Gold Silver Bronze Total
0 1 0 1
Summer appearances
Winter appearances
Other related appearances
 Independent Olympic Athletes (2012)
 Aruba (2016–)
 Netherlands (2016–)

The National Olympic Committee for the Netherlands Antilles was created in 1931 and recognized by the International Olympic Committee from 1950 until 2011 upon the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles.[1] At the 2012 Olympics, participants from the five islands competed as independent athletes under the Olympic flag.

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HistoryEdit

Consisting entitiesEdit

Aruba left the Netherlands Antilles in 1986 to become a constituent country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Since then, their athletes have competed separately under their own Olympic banner. After the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles in 2010, Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba became part of the Netherlands as special municipalities of the Netherlands. Curaçao and Sint Maarten became separate constituent countries of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. In 2016, athletes from these five islands will have the choice to compete either with the Netherlands Olympic team or Aruba's.

All the above are collectively called "Dutch Caribbean".

FlagsEdit

Three participants from the five islands of the former Netherlands Antilles can compete as independent athletes at the 2012 Summer Olympics. They used the Olympic Flag.

Dissolution of the Netherlands AntillesEdit

 
Logo of the Netherlands Antilles Olympic Committee

Following the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles, the Netherlands Antilles Olympic Committee was no longer recognised as a National Olympic Committee.[1] At the 2012 Olympics, participants from the five islands competed as independent athletes under the Olympic flag. Three athletes from the former Netherlands Antilles participated as part of the team of Independent Athletes: Liemarvin Bonevacia in the men's athletics (400m), Philipine Van Aanholt in the women's sailing (laser radial class) and Reginald De Windt in the men's judo (81kg).[2] All three are from Curaçao. Churandy Martina competed for the Netherlands. At the 2016 Olympics, Martina, Bonevacia, Hensley Paulina and Jean-Julien Rojer competed for the Netherlands while Van Aanholt competed for Aruba.

Medal tablesEdit

Medals by GamesEdit

Games Gold Silver Bronze Total
  1988 Seoul 0 1 0 1
Total 0 1 0 1

Medals by sportEdit

Sport Gold Silver Bronze Total Rank
  Sailing 0 1 0 1 38
Total 0 1 0 1 127

List of medalistsEdit

Jan Boersma was the only Netherlands Antillean athlete to win an Olympic medal, a silver medal in sailing in 1988. They nearly earned another silver in men's 200m in Beijing 2008. Churandy Martina finished second, behind Usain Bolt but was disqualified after an American protest due to him running outside of his lane during the race. Martina's disqualification was appealed but was rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on March 6, 2009.[3]

Medal Name Games Sport Event
  Silver Boersma, JanJan Boersma   1988 Seoul   Sailing Men's Division II

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