List of IOC Country Codes (Abbreviations)

List of IOC Country Codes
List of IOC Country Codes

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) utilizes a standardized set of three-letter country codes or abbreviations to uniquely identify each participating nation in the Olympic Games. These codes serve as a concise and universal way to represent the diverse array of countries that come together in the spirit of competition and unity. In this article, we explore the comprehensive list of current IOC country codes along with those that have become obsolete over time.

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What are IOC Codes and Why are They Used?

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) employs three-letter abbreviation country codes as a means to identify and categorize each contingent of athletes participating in the Olympic Games. This coding system has been in use since 1952 and has undergone alterations over the years due to the inclusion of new countries and changes in country names. Notably, certain countries have been assigned multiple codes, with some having as many as four different codes. The use of IOC codes serves the purpose of providing a standardized and concise method for referencing and organizing the diverse array of nations that partake in global events.

List of IOC Country Codes (Abbreviations)

CodeCountryNOCOther Codes Used
AFGAfghanistanAfghanistan National Olympic Committee
AHONetherlands AntillesNetherlands Antilles Olympic CommitteeATO (1960)
ALBAlbaniaNational Olympic Committee of Albania
ALGAlgeriaComité Olympique AlgérienAGR (1964), AGL (1968S)
ANDAndorraComitè Olímpic Andorrà
ANGAngolaComité Olímpico Angolano
ANTAntigua and BarbudaAntigua and Barbuda Olympic Association
ARGArgentinaComité Olímpico Argentino
ARMArmeniaNational Olympic Committee of Armenia
ARUArubaComité Olímpico Arubano
ASAAmerican SamoaAmerican Samoa National Olympic Committee
AUSAustraliaAustralian Olympic CommitteeANZ (1908, 1912)
AUTAustriaÖsterreichisches Olympisches Comité
AZEAzerbaijanNational Olympic Committee of the Azerbaijani Republic
BAHBahamasBahamas Olympic Association
BGDBangladeshBangladesh Olympic Association
BARBarbadosBarbados Olympic AssociationBAD (1964)
BDIBurundiComité National Olympique du Burundi
BELBelgiumComité Olympique et Interfédéral Belge
BENBeninComité National Olympique et Sportif BéninoisDAY (1964), DAH (1968–1976)
BERBermudaBermuda Olympic Association
BHUBhutanBhutan Olympic Committee
BIHBosnia and HerzegovinaOlympic Committee of Bosnia and HerzegovinaBSH (1992S)
BIZBelizeBelize Olympic and Commonwealth Games AssociationHBR (1968–1972)
BLRBelarusNational Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus
BOLBoliviaComité Olímpico Boliviano
BOTBotswanaBotswana National Olympic Committee
BRABrazilComitê Olímpico Brasileiro
BRNBahrainBahrain Olympic Committee
BRUBruneiBrunei Darussalam National Olympic Council
BGRBulgariaBulgaria Olympic Committee
BURBurkina FasoComité National Olympique et des Sports BurkinabèVOL (1972–1984)
CAFCentral African RepublicComité National Olympique et Sportif CentrafricainAFC (1968)
CAMCambodiaNational Olympic Committee of CambodiaCAB (1964), KHM (1972–1976)
CANCanadaCanadian Olympic Committee
CAYCayman IslandsCayman Islands Olympic Committee
CGORepublic of the CongoComité National Olympique et Sportif Congolais
CHAChadComité Olympique et Sportif TchadienCHD (1964), TCH
CHIChileComité Olímpico de ChileCIL (1956W, 1960S)
CHNChinaChinese Olympic Committee
CIVCôte d’IvoireComité National Olympique de Côte d’IvoireIVC (1964), CML (1968)
CMRCameroonComité National Olympique et Sportif du Cameroun
CODDemocratic Republic of the CongoComité Olympique CongolaisCOK (1968), ZAI (1972–1996)
COKCook IslandsCook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee
COLColombiaComité Olímpico Colombiano
COMComorosComité Olympique et Sportif des Iles Comores
CPVCape VerdeComité Olímpico Caboverdeano
CRCCosta RicaComité Olímpico Nacional de Costa RicaCOS (1964), CTC (1984W)
CROCroatiaCroatian Olympic Committee
CUBCubaComité Olímpico Cubano
CYPCyprusCyprus National Olympic Committee
CZECzech RepublicCzech Olympic Committee
DENDenmarkNational Olympic Committee and Sports Confederation of DenmarkDAN (1960S, 1968W), DIN (1968S)
DJIDjiboutiComité National Olympique et Sportif Djiboutien
DMADominicaDominica Olympic Committee
DOMDominican RepublicComité Olímpico Dominicano
ECUEcuadorComité Olímpico Ecuatoriano
EGYEgyptEgyptian Olympic CommitteeRAU (1960, 1968), UAR (1964)
ERIEritreaEritrean National Olympic Committee
ESAEl SalvadorComité Olímpico de El SalvadorSAL (1964–1976)
ESPSpainComité Olímpico EspañolSPA (1956–1964, 1968W)
ESTEstoniaEstonian Olympic Committee (Eesti Olümpiakomitee)
ETHEthiopiaEthiopian Olympic CommitteeETI (1960, 1968)
FIJFijiFiji Association of Sports and National Olympic CommitteeFIG (1960)
FINFinlandFinnish Olympic Committee
FRAFranceComité National Olympique et Sportif Français
FSMMicronesiaFederated States of Micronesia National Olympic Committee
GABGabonComité Olympique Gabonais
GAMGambiaGambia National Olympic Committee
GBRGreat BritainBritish Olympic AssociationGRB (1956W–1960), GBI (1964), GBS
GBSGuinea-BissauComité Olímpico da Guiné-Bissau
GEOGeorgiaGeorgian National Olympic Committee
GEQEquatorial GuineaComité National Olympique Equato-Guinéen
GERGermanyDeutscher Olympischer SportBundALL (1968W), ALE (1968S), FRG (1980–1988)
GHAGhanaGhana Olympic Committee
GREGreeceComité Olympique Hellénique
GRNGrenadaGrenada Olympic Committee
GUAGuatemalaComité Olímpico GuatemaltecoGUT (1964)
GUIGuineaComité National Olympique et Sportif Guinéen
GUMGuamGuam National Olympic Committee
GUYGuyanaGuyana Olympic AssociationGUA (1960), GUI (1964)
HAIHaitiComité Olympique Haïtien
HKGHong KongSports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, ChinaHOK (1960–1968)
HONHondurasComité Olímpico Hondureño
HUNHungaryHungarian Olympic CommitteeUNG (1956W, 1960S)
IDNIndonesiaKomite Olimpiade IndonesiaINS (1960)
INDIndiaIndian Olympic Association
IRIIranNational Olympic Committee of the Islamic Republic of IranIRN (1956–1988), IRA (1968W)
IRLIrelandOlympic Council of Ireland
IRQIraqNational Olympic Committee of IraqIRK (1960, 1968)
ISLIcelandNational Olympic and Sports Association of IcelandICE (1960W, 1964S)
ISRIsraelOlympic Committee of Israel
ISVUnited States Virgin IslandsVirgin Islands Olympic Committee
ITAItalyComitato Olimpico Nazionale Italiano
IVBBritish Virgin IslandsBritish Virgin Islands Olympic Committee
JAMJamaicaJamaica Olympic Association
JORJordanJordan Olympic Committee
JPNJapanJapanese Olympic CommitteeGIA (1956W, 1960S), JAP (1960W)
KAZKazakhstanNational Olympic Committee of the Republic of Kazakhstan
KENKenyaNational Olympic Committee of Kenya
KGZKyrgyzstanNational Olympic Committee of the Kyrgyz Republic
KIRKiribatiKiribati National Olympic Committee
KORSouth KoreaKorean Sport & Olympic CommitteeKOE (1948–1956)
KOSKosovoKosovo Olympic Committee
KSASaudi ArabiaSaudi Arabian Olympic CommitteeSAU (1968W)
KUWKuwaitKuwait Olympic CommitteeKUK (1960)
LAOLaosNational Olympic Committee of Laos
LATLatviaLatvian Olympic Committee
LBALibyaLibyan Olympic Committee
LBRLiberiaLiberia National Olympic Committee
LCASaint LuciaSaint Lucia Olympic Committee
LESLesothoLesotho National Olympic Committee
LIBLebanonLebanese Olympic Committee
LIELiechtensteinLiechtenstein Olympic Committee
LTULithuaniaNational Olympic Committee of Lithuania
LUXLuxembourgLuxembourgian Olympic and Sporting Committee
MADMadagascarComité Olympique MalgacheMAL (1964), MAG (1968–1972)
MARMoroccoComité Olympique Marocain
MASMalaysiaOlympic Council of MalaysiaMAL (1956–1960)
MAWMalawiOlympic and Commonwealth Games Association of Malawi
MDAMoldovaNational Olympic Committee of the Republic of Moldova
MDVMaldivesMaldives Olympic Committee
MEXMexicoComité Olímpico Mexicano
MGLMongoliaMongolian National Olympic CommitteeMON (1960–1964)
MHLMarshall IslandsMarshall Islands National Olympic Committee
MKDNorth MacedoniaOlympic Committee of North MacedoniaMKS (1996)
MLIMaliComité National Olympique et Sportif du MaliMLF (1960), MLI (1964–1972)
MLTMaltaMalta Olympic Committee
MNEMontenegroMontenegrin Olympic Committee
MONMonacoComité Olympique Monégasque
MOZMozambiqueComité Olímpico Nacional de MoçambiqueMOC (1976)
MRIMauritiusMauritius Olympic Committee
MTNMauritaniaComité National Olympique et Sportif Mauritanien
MYAMyanmarMyanmar Olympic CommitteeBIR (1948–1988)
NAMNamibiaNamibian National Olympic Committee
NCANicaraguaComité Olímpico NicaragüenseNIC (1968)
NEDNetherlandsNederlandse Sport FederatieHOO (1900), HOL (1908–1912)
NEPNepalNepal Olympic Committee
NGRNigeriaNigerian Olympic CommitteeNIA (1952–1960)
NIGNigerComité Olympique et Sportif National du NigerNGR (1960)
NORNorwayNorges Idrettsforbund og Olympiske og Paralympiske Komité
NRUNauruNauru Olympic Committee
NZLNew ZealandNew Zealand Olympic Committee
OMAOmanOman Olympic Committee
PAKPakistanPakistan Olympic AssociationPAK (1952–1960)
PANPanamaComité Olímpico de PanamáPAN (1932), PCO (1960)
PARParaguayComité Olímpico Paraguayo
PERPeruComité Olímpico PeruanoPEO (1936–1948)
PHIPhilippinesPhilippine Olympic CommitteePHI (1956–1960, 1964–1968)
PLEPalestinePalestine Olympic CommitteePLZ (1936), PLE (1956–1968)
PLWPalauPalau National Olympic Committee
PNGPapua New GuineaPapua New Guinea Olympic Committee
POLPolandPolski Komitet OlimpijskiPOL (1924–1936), POZ (1960)
PORPortugalComité Olímpico de Portugal
PRKNorth KoreaOlympic Committee of the Democratic People’s Republic of KoreaPRK (1964–1976)
PURPuerto RicoPuerto Rico Olympic CommitteePUR (1948–1964)
QATQatarQatar Olympic Committee
ROURomaniaComitetul Olimpic și Sportiv RomânRUM (1924–1936), ROU (1952–1960)
RSASouth AfricaSouth African Sports Confederation and Olympic CommitteeSAA (1904–1960)
RUSRussiaRussian Olympic CommitteeRUS (1992–2016)
RWARwandaComité National Olympique et Sportif du Rwanda
SAMSamoaSamoa Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee
SMRSan MarinoComitato Olimpico Nazionale Sammarinese
SOLSolomon IslandsNational Olympic Committee of Solomon Islands
SOMSomaliaSomali Olympic CommitteeSOM (1972)
SRBSerbiaOlympic Committee of SerbiaYUG (1920–1992)
SRISri LankaNational Olympic Committee of Sri LankaCeylon (1948–1972)
SSDSouth SudanSouth Sudan National Olympic Committee
STPSão Tomé and PríncipeComité Olímpico de São Tomé e Príncipe
SUDSudanSudan Olympic Committee
SUISwitzerlandSwiss Olympic AssociationHAI (1924–1936), SUZ (1948)
SURSurinameSurinaams Olympisch Comité
SVKSlovakiaSlovak Olympic Committee
SWESwedenSwedish Olympic Committee
SWZEswatiniEswatini Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association
SYRSyriaSyrian Olympic CommitteeRAU (1960), UAR (1964)
TANTanzaniaTanzania Olympic CommitteeTAA (1964)
TGATongaTonga Sports Association and National Olympic Committee
THAThailandNational Olympic Committee of Thailand
TJKTajikistanNational Olympic Committee of the Republic of Tajikistan
TKMTurkmenistanNational Olympic Committee of TurkmenistanTUK (1992)
TLSEast TimorNational Olympic Committee of East Timor
TOGTogoComité National Olympique TogolaisTOG (1972)
TPEChinese Taipei (Taiwan)Chinese Taipei Olympic CommitteeROC (1932–1976)
TTOTrinidad and TobagoTrinidad and Tobago Olympic CommitteeTRI (1948–1960)
TUNTunisiaComité National Olympique Tunisien
TURTurkeyTürkiye Millî Olimpiyat Komitesi
TUVTuvaluTuvalu National Olympic Committee
UAEUnited Arab EmiratesUnited Arab Emirates National Olympic Committee
UGAUgandaUganda Olympic CommitteeUAS (1956–1960)
UKRUkraineNational Olympic Committee of UkraineURS (1952–1988)
URUUruguayComité Olímpico Uruguayo
USAUnited StatesUnited States Olympic & Paralympic Committee
UZBUzbekistanNational Olympic Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan
VANVanuatuVanuatu Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee
VENVenezuelaComité Olímpico VenezolanoVEN (1948–1964)
VIEVietnamVietnam Olympic CommitteeVET (1952–1956)
VINSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSaint Vincent and the Grenadines National Olympic Committee
YARNorth YemenYemen Olympic CommitteeYAR (1984–1988)
YEMYemenYemen Olympic Committee
YMDSouth YemenYemen Olympic CommitteeYMD (1988)
YUGYugoslaviaYugoslav Olympic CommitteeJUG (1920–1936, 1948–1992)
ZAMZambiaNational Olympic Committee of ZambiaNRH (1964)
ZIMZimbabweZimbabwe Olympic CommitteeRHO (1960–1972)

List of Obsolete IOC Codes:

Some IOC codes have become obsolete due to geopolitical changes, mergers, or renaming of nations. Here is a list of such obsolete codes along with their corresponding nations and relevant notes:

CodeNation (NOC)YearsNotes
BIRBurma1948–1988Now Myanmar (MYA)
CEYCeylon1948–1972Now Sri Lanka (SRI)
DAHDahomey1964–1976Now Benin (BEN)
HBRBritish Honduras1968–1972Now Belize (BIZ)
KHMCambodia Khmer Republic1972–1976Now Cambodia (CAM)
MALMalaya1956–1960Competed independently before the formation of Malaysia in 1963. Now Malaysia (MAS)
NBONorth Borneo1956
NRHNorthern Rhodesia1964Now Zambia (ZAM)
RAUUnited Arab Republic1960Now Egypt (EGY) and Syria (SYR)
RHORhodesia1960–1972Now Zimbabwe (ZIM)
ROCRepublic of China1932–1976Now Chinese Taipei (TPE)
UARUnited Arab Republic1964Now Egypt (EGY)
VOLUpper Volta1972–1984Now Burkina Faso (BUR)
YARNorth Yemen1984–1988Competed independently before 1990. Now Yemen (YEM)
YMDSouth Yemen1988
ZAIZaire1972–1996Now DR Congo (COD)
GUIBritish Guiana1948–1964Now Guyana (GUY)
Gold Coast1952Now Ghana (GHA)
SAASaar1952Competed independently before rejoining West Germany in 1957.

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