Olympics Teams question

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Does anyone know why we operate one team under the GB flag, rather than separate teams for England, Scotland and Wales?

My only guess would be that we have a greater chance at getting a decent amount of sports people with all three countries combined - where as if we all went individually we might not be quite as strong.

Who even decides these things?
 

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It's to give the welsh a chance to say that they've won something.

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Does anyone know why we operate one team under the GB flag, rather than separate teams for England, Scotland and Wales?
It's actually "Team GB and Northern Ireland", but no-one seems to quote the NI part. It's effectively a brand name for the British Olympic Association, which was formed in 1905 and also represents the Crown Dependencies and other off-shore British territories. (Thats why it's not called Team UK, incidentally.)

My only guess would be that we have a greater chance at getting a decent amount of sports people with all three countries combined - where as if we all went individually we might not be quite as strong.
The truth is that we probably couldn't even field a team at all in some disciplines if we were to treat each country separately. But the UK is a single sovereign state, so it's quite legitimate to do field a single team (at least until the Scots go their own way). I believe this is known as the Belmont Principle, in recognition of Vauxhall's renaming the Belmont as the Astra saloon in order to boost the Astra's position in the sales charts...
 
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