How old do you have to be to compete in the Olympics?

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Athletes from sovereign nations, colonies and dependencies may participate in the Olympics. Requirements for each event are usually set by independent international governing bodies.
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International sports federations are responsible for setting the age limits and laying down other rules to govern the sports. In the 2012 London Olympics, the average age of Olympians was 26. A total of 33 Olympians aged 15 and under competed in the games, with the youngest being 13 years old. On the other hand, the oldest competitor was 71 years old.

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