Timor Leste

Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste otherwise known as East Timor meaning Unity, Action, Progress is Located in Southeastern Asia at the eastern end of the Indonesian archipelago.

The capital city is Dili. 

With a vast array of geographical features on the island there is plenty there to appeal.

From dolphin and whale watching in the waters around Timor-Leste near the capital Dili to climbing Mount Ramelau, the largest mountain in Timor-Leste reaching 2.9km at the highest point.

The area also has multiple locations for scuba diving in its coral reefs.

About Timor Leste

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Short Name
Tetum and Portuguese
15,410 km²
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National Olympic Committee

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National Olympic Committee of Timor Leste
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Timor-Leste culture is strong, unique and reflects many different influences, traditional animist beliefs.

Timor-Leste traditional music, dance and story-telling is a fundamental part of its culture, heritage and very engaging to watch.  

Traditional crafts include pottery, wood and ivory carving reflecting the traditional cultural values, plaiting, coir production, and basket making.


Timor Leste is a relatively new country, but it belongs to numerous international sport associations, including the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Olympic Council of Asia (OCA).

The IOC board has granted full recognition to the East Timorese Olympic Committee (COTL).  

The most popular sport in East Timor is football, however some other sports like cycling, martial arts, weightlifting and badminton are also quite popular.

Relatively new to the international sporting scene, Timor-Leste entered the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics with a four person team as Independent Olympic Athletes.

In the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics was the first formal entry of Timor-Leste in the competition.

Competing in the 2003 Vietnam Southeast Asian Games for the first time the nation did not receive any medals, however returning in the 2005 Philippines Southeast Asian Games they received three bronze medals in the Arnis tournament.


An area of natural beauty the island is home to many caves, valleys and mountains as well as vast forests and important coral reefs.

The climate is tropical with distinct wet and dry seasons.

The majority of rain falls between December to March with an average annual rainfall of over 75 inches.

The temperature remains relatively stable all year round at around 35 °C.

Singapore, July 2, 2024: The Southeast Asia Regional Anti-Doping Organisation (SEARADO) has congr...
Phnom Penh, Cambodia, May 14, 2023: When Laurentino Guterres, Secretary General of the National O...
Dili, Timor Leste, April 4, 2023: The President of the Republic of East Timor, His Excellency Jos...
Dili, Timor-Leste, December 21, 2022: The National Olympic Committee of Timor-Leste organised the...
Dili, Timor-Leste, December 13, 2022: With the support of UNESCO, the World Anti-Doping Agency (W...
Dili, Timor Leste, June 14, 2022: The Timor Leste National Olympic Committee held its 5th Elector...
Dili, Timor Leste, May 31, 2022: The President of Timor Leste, Jose Ramos-Horta, held a reception...
Hanoi, Vietnam, May 20, 2022: The Timor Leste delegation at the 31st SEA Games in Hanoi held a sm...
Hanoi, Vietnam, May 15, 2022: For some of the bigger nations here at the Southeast Asian Games, a...
Dili, Timor Leste, October 26, 2021: The Timor Leste National Olympic Committee has inaugurated i...
Dili, Timor Leste, July 6, 2021: Most athletes will have had to endure hardships and shown tremen...
Dili, Timor-Leste, June 15, 2021: The leaders of the Timor-Leste National Olympic Committee deleg...
Singapore, April 16, 2021: The Southeast Asia Regional Anti-Doping Organisation (SEARADO) is work...