By Chrizzel Pontanes of The Reporters' Academy


The Republic of Nauru (Ripublik Naoero) is a tiny Pacific Island country with a total population of approximately 10,000 people, two of which are athletes participating in the 2012 London Olympics.

Nauru made its Olympic debut at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, where their first ever Olympic athlete, Marcus Stephen, participated in weightlifting. In 2007, 11 years after his first Olympic appearance, Stephen was elected as President of the NOC for Nauru and still remains president to this day.

"At the Olympic level, I think like every country in the world, it's very very tough (to qualify) it's even tougher...we all have to try our best and really try and do well,” said Mr Stephen.

This Olympics is the first time Nauru has ever competed in an event other than weightlifting at the Olympics, with Sled Dowabobo competing as judo.

Flag bearer for Nauru in the Opening Ceremony for the London 2012 Olympic Games was Itte Detenamo. At 25 years of age, he is the country’s youngest representative at the Olympics this year. Detenamo is representing the Republic of Nauru in weightlifting, under the +105 kilogram (231 lbs) category and will be competing on Tuesday, August 7th.

Sled Dowabobo is 29 years of age and competing in the London 2012 Olympic Games for the first time ever. He competed in Judo under the 73 kilogram (161 lbs) category, on Monday the 30th of July, and unfortunately lost in the Elimination Round 64, Match 21, to Navruz Jurakobilov, of Uzbekistan.

"He was up against a bronze medalist from Beijing, so he had a very tough draw...I encouraged him not to be negative about the result, but to move on, he's a young man and he has a future ahead of him. It's a good experience for him at the same time,” said NNOC's President.

Nauru is very much a typical tropical country, and is hot and humid throughout the year. It only has two seasons, a dry season, and a wet season. The dry seasons go from the beginning of December to February, and from June to mid September.

Nauru's history does not date back very far, starting from only the 1830's when they first made contact with the Europeans. Today, Nauru is an independent republic country, with a preserved beauty and a unique culture.

Our commendations to Mr Dowabobo for his hard work towards and throughout the Olympics, and we wish him all the very best for his future matches and competitions. 

Best of luck to Detenamo in his upcoming match.


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