2012 Summer Olympics: Central Asia Harvest
Monday 13 August 2012
With the final curtain down on the London Olympics, Kazakhstan has emerged as the undisputed Central Asia champion, finishing an impressive 12th in the overall medal table, up from 29th four years ago in Beijing. Uzbekistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan also made it to the winner’s podium.
Kazakhstan first participated at the Olympic Games as an independent nation in 1994, and has sent athletes to compete in every Games since then. Prior to the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Kazakh athletes competed as part of the Soviet Union at the Olympics, and were also part of the Unified Team in 1992. The National Olympic Committee for Kazakhstan was created in 1990 and recognized in 1993.
Uzbekistan first participated at the Olympic Games as an independent nation in 1994, and has sent athletes to compete in every Games since then. Previously, Uzbek athletes competed as part of the Soviet Union at the Olympics from 1952 to 1988, and after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Uzbekistan was part of the Unified Team in 1992. Uzbek athletes have won a total of eighteen medals at the Summer Olympic Games, mostly in wrestling and boxing. The nation has also won a single medal at the Winter Olympic Games. The National Olympic Committee for Uzbekistan was created in 1992 and recognized by the International Olympic Committee in 1993.
Afghanistan has competed in 12 Summer Games. They have never appeared in any Winter Games. The country made its first appearance at the Berlin Games in 1936. It has sent a delegation to most Summer Games since then.
Tajikistan first participated at the Olympic Games as an independent nation in 1996, and has sent athletes to compete in every Summer Olympic Games since then. The nation has also competed at the Winter Olympic Games since 2002.
Approximately 10,500 athletes participated in 302 events in 26 sports. Of the 204 NOCs participating, 85 received at least one medal; 54 won at least one gold medal. Bahrain, Botswana, Cyprus, Gabon, Grenada, Guatemala, and Montenegro each won its first Olympic medal ever, with Grenada’s being gold.