- 09 Jun 2006
- Olympic News
12th Olympic Collectors World Fair
From 2 to 4 June, the weekend of Pentecost, with magnificent weather, the 12th Olympic Collectors World Fair took place. The Fair was held in Lausanne for the eighth time since its creation. As usual, it took up a spot on the Museum terrace, under a large tent specially pitched for the occasion.
Collectors from all over the world
Almost 60 tables were reserved by collectors from across the world who came to exchange, purchase, sell, compare and complete their collections of pins, mascots, torches, medals, official documents, stamps, photographs, films, autographs, posters, postcards or any other item bearing the Olympic rings.
Presentation of diplomas and trip on Lake Geneva
On the evening of their arrival, the collectors were invited to a presentation of diplomas attesting to their presence at the Fair. These were presented by Juan Antonio Samaranch, Chairman of the Olympic Philately, Numismatics and Memorabilia Commission. The IOC Honorary President was accompanied by Ching-kuo Wu, a member of this Commission. The following day, the participants enjoyed a boat trip on Lake Geneva.
China, honorary hostAfter Norway in 2005, China, the organiser of the next Olympic Games in 2008 in Beijing, was this year’s honorary host. For this half-Israeli, half-French jeweller from Nagano (Japan), who became an Olympic collector after having been involved in Olympic merchandising during the 1998 Games, taking part in the Fair was an enriching experience: “I made up my mind barely three days ago and I don’t regret having come here. The Olympic Collectors World Fair is a fantastic place to meet people and I have established some very interesting contacts.”