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How many countries participate in the Olympics?

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As of 2014, the total number of National Olympic Committees (NOC) who have fielded athletes in the most recent games have been 204 in the 2012 London Summer Olympics and 84 in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Three additional nations qualified for the Sochi Games but chose not to participate.

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How many countries participate in the Olympics?
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As a matter of convention, participating teams in Olympic Games are officially recognized by their National Olympic Committees, not the names of their respective countries. This practical measure represents an effort to appease nations with differing opinions on the sovereignty of one another. China, for example, does not recognize the independence of Taiwan, whose NOC participates in the Games under the name Chinese Taipei as a compromise. Additionally, there are qualifying athletes who, for reasons ranging from political discord to simple lack of domestic support, compete instead under an Olympic flag.

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