The history of the Olympic movement in Ukraine started in 1952 when Ukrainian athletes participated at the Games of the XV Olympiad in Helsinki as a part of the U.S.S.R. Team for the first time.
During 1952 - 1990 the Olympic movement in Ukraine was developing and strengthening its position in the country's life. Ukrainian athletes constituted at least 25% of the composition of each USSR Olympic team. During the Games of the XXII Olympiad in 1980 some matches of football tournament took place in Kiev and it was a great success.
On the 22nd December 1990 the I General Assembly of founders took the decision to create the National Olympic Committee of Ukraine and the date mentioned above is the official date of its foundation.
The NOC of Ukraine was permanently recognized by the International Olympic Committee in September 1993.
The NOC of Ukraine is working in accordance with the provisions of the Olympic Charter, the Ukrainian Constitution, the Ukrainian legislation and own Statutes.
Main tasks of the NOC of Ukraine are:
to promote the preparation to and participation of athletes at the Olympic Games;
to develop the international collaboration;
to spread popular sports and healthy way of life;
to enrich people physically and spiritually.
For this purpose the NOC of Ukraine cooperates with state, public and other organizations. The National Olympic Committee of Ukraine unites 40 Ukrainian Olympic sports federations.
The NOC of Ukraine has also its branches in all regions of Ukraine.
During the years of Independence national athletes won at the Olympic Games:
- Lillehammer 1994 – 1 gold and 1 bronze medals;
- Atlanta 1996 – 9 gold, 5 silver, 9 bronze medals;
- Nagano 1998 – 1 silver medal;
- Sydney 2000 – 3 gold, 10 silver and 10 bronze medals;
- Salt Lake City 2002 – without medals;
- Athens 2004 – 8 gold, 5 silver and 9 bronze medals;
- Torino 2006 – 2 bronze medals;
- Beijing 2008 – 7 gold, 4 silver and 13 bronze medals;
- Vancouver 2010 - without medals;
- London 2012 – 6 gold, 4 silver and 8 bronze medals;
- Sochi 2014 - 1 gold and 1 bronze medals;
- Rio 2016 – 2 gold, 5 silver and 4 bronze medals.
Since 2010, the International Olympic Committee launched Youth Olympic Games. Young Olympians already have made a significant success:
- Singapore 2010 – 10 gold, 9 silver, 16 bronze medals;
- Innsbruck 2012 – 3 silver medals;
- Nanjing 2014 – 9 gold, 9 silver, 11 bronze medals;
- Lillehammer 2016 – 1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze medals
Traditionally, since 1993, young Ukrainian athletes take part at the winter and summer European Youth Olympic Festivals (Days).
Mr. Sergey BUBKA and Mr. Valeriy BORZOV are IOC members in Ukraine.
The NOC of Ukraine has agreements with some world-known firms and companies (See "NOC of Ukraine Sponsors").
In 1995 the NOC of Ukraine started to publish its official monthly magazine "Olimpiyska Arena" ("Olympic Arena") and since 1997 it issues twice a month bulletin "Olympic News from the NOC of Ukraine".
The NOC of Ukraine has wide relations with NOCs of neighboring countries and Olympic organizations.
The representatives of the NOC of Ukraine are members of different international organizations and associations.
The National Olympic Committee of Ukraine has close ties with Ukrainian sports centers abroad. The committees of friends of Ukrainian NOC were created and function now in the USA, Canada and Australia.