Seychelles: 4 Stamp Collections in Seychelles Commemorating World Sporting Events

The dust has barely settled on the closing ceremony of the 10th edition of the Indian Ocean Island Games (IOIG) - a multi-sport event held every four years among athletes from Indian Ocean island nations on July, 28.

With the regional sporting competition still in mind, SNA brings you four stamp collections produced by the Seychelles Postal Services immortalising world sporting events.

1980 Summer Olympics

This Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXII Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event held in July 1980 in Moscow, Soviet Union - now known as Russia.

It was the first Olympic Games to be staged in Eastern Europe, and remain the only Summer Olympics held there, as well as the first to be held in a Slavic language-speaking country and also the first to be held in a communist country. Eighty nations were represented at the Moscow Games - the smallest number since 1956, as many nations, including the United States, boycotted the games.

Seychelles -- 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean -- attended with a delegation of 11 athletes.

1988 Seoul Games

This Summer Olympics was held from 17 September to 2 October in Seoul, South Korea.

159 nations were represented by a total of 8,391 athletes; 237 events were held and 27,221 volunteers helped to prepare the Olympics.

These were the last Olympic Games for the Soviet Union and East Germany, as both ceased to exist after. The Soviets dominated the medal table, winning 55 gold and 132 total medals. No country came close to this result after 1988.

The games were boycotted by North Korea and its ally, Cuba. Ethiopia, Albania, and Seychelles did not respond to the invitations sent by the International Olympic Committee.

1993 4th edition of the Indian Ocean Islands Games

In 1993, Seychelles is entrusted with the organisation of the Islands Games for the first time in its history.

Major sports infrastructure was needed for the games and led to the development of the Roche Caiman sports complex including a 25-metre swimming pool, a dojo, tennis courts, the Palais des Sports for volleyball and basketball and a new stadium: Stad Linite.

Six countries took part in the games held from August 20-29 on Mahe, the main island of the archipelago. Seychelles came out fourth winning 75 medals: 19 gold, 24 silver, and 32 bronze.

1996 Centenary of modern Olympics

The 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta also referred to as the Centennial Olympic Games, was held in August in Atlanta, USA.

These Games, the fourth Summer Olympics to be hosted by the United States, marked the centenary of 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens --the inaugural edition of the modern Olympic Games.

They were also the first since 1924 to be held in a different year from a Winter Olympics, under a new International Olympic Committee practice implemented in 1994 to hold the summer and winter Games in alternating, even-numbered years. Nine Seychellois attended the Atlanta games.

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