The Republic of Malta entered the Commonwealth in 1964 but made their debut at the 1958 Games in Cardiff, Wales. Since then they have attended all Games bar 3 editions and have enjoyed medal success in judo and shooting. With the latter Malta enjoyed silver and bronze success at the 2006 Games in Melbourne. They participated in athletics, lawn bowls, shooting, squash and wrestling at the 2010 Games in Delhi.
Formally recognised in 1936, the Malta Olympic Committee (MOC) is responsible for organising the islands participation in the Commonwealth Games. It also organises the Olympic Day Run and in collaboration with the Education Division of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources the Malta Youth Sports Fest. This is open to all the students attending state and private secondary schools.
In 2003 the Mediterranean island successfully hosted the the Games for the Small States of Europe and were chosen as the venue for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in December 2005.
The Malta Olympic Committee is affiliated to the International Olympic Committee, Comite International des Jeux Mediteraneens, Commonwealth Games Federation, and the European Committee of the Games of Small States of Europe. The NOC is responsible for for its participation in the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Youth Games.
The MOC employs a number of local and overseas sports scientists and coaches to assist athletes to reach their full potential and in 1994 they set up the Sports and Human Performance Centre to fulfill this purpose.
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Capital - Valletta
Population - 407,000
Time Zone - GMT +01:00
Language - Maltese, English
Currency - Euro (EUR)