Somalia was first at the Olympic Games in 1972. They have been in most Summer Olympic Games since then. Somalia has never been in any Winter Olympic Games. The nation boycotted the 1976 Games along with most other African nations, and also joined the boycott in 1980. Despite the ongoing Somali Civil War, the nation has been able to send small contingents to each Games since 1996.
The National Olympic Committee for Somalia was formed in 1959 and recognized by the International Olympic Committee in 1972.