Yemen Olympic Committee was established in 1974 under the name of the Sports Committee in the south & north of Yemen, both of the two Olympic Committees obtained the recognition of the IOC in 1981 in Baden Baden city – Germany , after the Federations of (Football, Volleyball, Basketball, Table Tennis, Athletics & Gymnastics) had got the recognition by the International Federations, since then, Yemen sought for honorable attendance and the participation in the International events, whether they are under the auspices of the IOC or other Continental & Arab sports Organizations. Yemen started the participation in the Olympic Games which were held in Los Angeles in 1984, where Yemen participated with Athletics. Then participated in Seoul Olympic Games in 1988 with sports like (Table Tennis, Judo, Athletics, Wrestling & Boxing). On the Asian level, the first participation of YOC was in the 19th Asian Games in New Delhi in 1982.
On February 8th,1990 both of the two Olympic Committees were Unified.