Syria made its first Summer Olympic appearance in 1948. The nation wouldn’t return until the 1968 Olympics and has competed ever since, with the exception of the 1976 Olympics. Syria typically competes with a small delegation of around 10 athletes at each Olympics. The athletes compete in a variety of sports including athletics, boxing, shooting, swimming, weightlifting and wrestling.

Syria has won a total of three medals in its history. The first was won in 1984 where wrestler Joseph Atiyeh won silver in the men’s freestyle -100kg. The nation’s only gold medal was won in 1996 with Ghada Shouaa’s performance in the women’s heptathlon. In 2004 boxer Nasser Al Shami won bronze in the men’s heavyweight.

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