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05 Aug 2004
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Eight days to go: swimmer to take Olympic Oath

Greek swimmer Zoi Dimoschaki will take the Athletes' Oath at the Opening Ceremony for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. It will be the third time in a row that a woman will swear the oath. In 1996, at the Opening Ceremony of the Atlanta Olympic Games, it was American basketball player Teresa Edwards who swore the Oath, and at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, the honour fell to Australian hockey player Rechelle Hawkes.

Originally written by Pierre de Coubertin OLYMPIC
The modern Olympic Oath was originally written by Pierre de Coubertin, and has been modified over time to reflect the changing nature of the sporting competition. The Athletes' Oath was first taken during the 1920 Olympic Games by Belgian fencer Victor Boin. The current version of the Oath was introduced in 1999.

The Oath
The following words will be spoken by Zoi Dimoschaki: “In the name of all competitors I promise that we shall take part in these Olympic Games, respecting and abiding by the rules which govern them, committing ourselves to a sport without doping and without drugs, in the true spirit of sportsmanship, for the glory of sport and the honour of our teams.”

Judges’ or Officials’ Oath
Since Munich 1972, a judge or official from the country in which the Games take place has also sworn an oath at the Opening Ceremony. Therefore, in Athens, it will be up to a Greek judge or sports official to speak the following words: “In the name of all the judges, I promise that we shall officiate in these Olympic Games with complete impartiality respecting and abiding by the rules which govern them, in the true spirit of sportsmanship.”

Fact sheet
Additional information on the Opening Ceremony can be found on the fact sheet “Opening Ceremony of the Games of the Olympiad”.

Fact Sheet

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