A stone from the Greek city of Olympia inscribed in Greek and German was unveiled in the Olympic Stadium in Munich on Monday (April 24th) by the Mayor of Olympia, Mr.
A stone from the Greek city of Olympia inscribed in Greek and German was unveiled in the Olympic Stadium in Munich on Monday (April 24th) by the Mayor of Olympia, Mr. Efetathios Spiliopoulus.
He was assisted in the ceremony by the President of the German Olympic Committee, Mr. Willi Daume, and the Mayor of Munich, Mr. Hans Joachim Vogel.
Olympia is traditionally the site of the first Olympic Games. The exact date has been recorded but is usually accepted as 776 BC. The early Games consisted of only one event, a race the length of the stadium, and at first only Greeks were allowed to compete. But already they occupied such an important position in the life of Greece that time was measured by the four-year interval between them -- on "Olympiad".
The Games were continued until 393 A.D., when they were stopped by the Roman Emperor Theodosius 1. They were begun again in 1896 in Athens, with the aim of promoting peace and fraternity between the countries of the world.
Today the Olympics have become as important international event as they were a national event in ancient Greece. Seven-thousand contestants from 126 nations are expected in Munich in August. The Olympic village provides space for 12-thousand including trainers, coaches and officials.
SYNOPSIS: History took first place in the Olympic Stadium in Munich this week when the Mayor of the Greek city of Olympia Mr. Spiliopoulus unveiled a stone brought over to Germany from his home town. His German counterpart, the Mayor of Munich, Herr Vogel, assisted him in the ceremony.
The Greek, German and Olympic flags symbolised the tradition of the Olympic Games that now links the two countries. This same stone that now becomes the symbolic centre of the twentieth Olympic Games once looked over the first Games held in Olympia in ancient Greece, over two thousand years ago. The President of the German Olympic Committee, Mr. Willi Daume, spoke after the unveiling ceremony of this tradition, and stressed that the Olympic ideal of promoting unity and peace among the competing nations still remains.