The ultimate goal of countries and athletes competing in the Olympic Games is to take home a medal (เหรียญรางวัล, which is the term in Thai).
Many countries are quite successful in these competitions, however over 70 countries are yet to win a single medal. Some of those countries to have never won an Olympic medal are highlighted below.
Despite competing in 8 Games since 1972, Albania has never won a medal. Albanian athletes often compete in track, swimming, weightlifting, wrestling, and shooting events. Albania had the highest number of athletes representing them in the Olympic Games in the years 2008 and 2012; with 11 athletes representing them.
Andorra made its debut in 1976 and has since participated in all 11 Olympic Games. Andorran athletes compete in events such as athletics, cycling, judo, shooting, and swimming. Even though Andorra has been involved in all Games since 1976, they have never won an Olympic medal; this fact is often attributed to the minute number of athletes that usually represents the country.
Angola made its debut in the competition in 1980 and made its 9th Olympic Games appearance in Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics; missing out of the competition in 1984, in solidarity of the Soviet boycott. The nation competes in different events, such as athletics, swimming, sailing, handball, shooting, rowing and judo. Of all central African countries, Angola sent the most athletes (26) to the 2016 competitions. However, despite participating in 9 Olympic Games so far, Angola is yet to win a medal.
Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua and Barbuda have located in-between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Since its debut, it has participated in 10 Olympic Games and has missed only the 1980 competition in support of the American-led boycott. Antigua and Barbuda’s Athletes have represented the country in track and swimming events in the Olympics but have never won a medal.