Thursday, 3 February 2011

The Beijing Olympic Games on the Polish stamps.

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From 8 to 24 August 2008 the eyes of the world are turned to the city of Beijing. In 2001, the International Olympic Committee decided to appoint the Chinese capital as the site of the summer Olympic games. The location has been the reason for much controversy. China is a fascinating country with an inspiring history and a rich culture, and also a global economic power. But it is also a state where the system of government and the observance of human and civil rights have long been contested by the international opinion.


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Despite the controversies caused by the decision of the IOC, the Olympic games is undoubtedly a true feast for sport lovers. The slogan of the Beijing Olympics is "One world - one dream".



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The Polish Olympic team comprises 263 athletes, and is the largest in the last 28 years! The Polish Post is one of the sponsors of the Polish Olympic Team at the Beijing Olympic Games 2008.



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The Polish Post has been issuing postage stamps related to the Olympic games since 1956.




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The stamps issued to commemorate the Olympic games present 4 out of the 28 Olympic disciplines: swimming, volleyball, the pole vault and fencing - it is those particular sports that our representatives are most hopeful to win medals in.


The design of the First Day Cover includes the same illustration, added with a photograph of the new Beijing stadium called the "Bird's Nest".
The stamps are placed together in a block on the background of a traditional Chinese wood carving and the word "Beijing" written in its original form.

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