I'm always proud to say - actually I'm a Brunei citizen. I don't have a British passport. I still consider Brunei my home etc...
(To the amazement of people from other countries who can't believe that I would not take a British passport, when I could easily get one. )
How could Brunei's Olympic Committee miss the deadline to register our athletes? How? How? What do these people do? There's a whole committee to look after two athletes! Everyone was there....even Iraq and Afghanistan...even the poorest countries in the world were there....
From the BBC website:
Brunei excluded from 2008 Games
The International Olympic Committee has excluded Brunei from the Beijing Games after the South East Asian country failed to register any of its athletes.
Brunei had until midnight ahead of Friday's ceremony, which started at 1245 BST, but missed the deadline.
"It is a great shame and very sad for the athletes who lose out," an IOC spokeswoman said.
Brunei's absence means that only 204 countries will compete at the Olympics, which officially started on Friday.
The IOC's Emmanuelle Moreau said in a statement: "The IOC tried up until the last minute to have them register, but to no avail."
The Brunei athletes involved are 15-year-old swimmer Maria Grace Koh and shot putter Mohammed Yazid Yatimi Yusof.