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Location on Map
|Years Hosted Olympics||none|
|Years Attended Olympics|| Summer: 1904-1960, 1992-2012|
Winter: 1960, 1994-2010
|Medals 2008 Summer||0 gold, 1 silver, 0 bronze|
|Medals 2010 Winter||none|
|Total Olympic Medals|
|National Olympic Committee|
|South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee|
South Africa first participated at the Olympic Games in 1904, and sent athletes to compete in every Summer Olympic Games until 1960. After the passage of United Nations General Assembly Resolution 1761 in 1962 in response to South Africa's policy of apartheid, the nation was barred from the Games. (This did not, however, apply to the Paralympics. South Africa made its Paralympic Games début in 1964, and continued to compete until 1976, included, after which the Dutch Parliament declared its participation in the 1980 Summer Games would be undesirable. From then on, South Africa was absent from the Paralympics until 1992. See: South Africa at the Paralympics.)
After the negotiations to end apartheid in South Africa commenced in 1990, the nation re-joined the Olympic movement. The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee was created in 1991, and South Africa returned to the Games at the 1992 Summer Olympics (and the 1992 Summer Paralympics). South Africa also participated in the Winter Olympic Games in 1960, and since 1994.
South African athletes have won a total of 73 medals, with athletics, boxing, and swimming as the top medal-producing sports. The most recent Medal was won by the Men's Lightweight Four Rowing Team of Sizwe Ndlovu, Matthew Brittain, John Smith and James Thompson on the 2 August 2012 at the 2012 London Olympics.
- See also: All-time Olympic Games medal count
Medals by Summer Games
|1904 St. Louis||0||0||0||0|
|1932 Los Angeles||2||0||3||5|
|1964 Tokyo||did not participate|
|1968 Mexico City||did not participate|
|1972 Munich||did not participate|
|1976 Montreal||did not participate|
|1980 Moscow||did not participate|
|1984 Los Angeles||did not participate|
|1988 Seoul||did not participate|
Medals by sport
- Olympic Medal Winners. International Olympic Committee. Retrieved on 2007-12-08.
- South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee. International Olympic Committee. Retrieved on 2011-06-13.