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Olympia Prize: gold medal for Portugal

Portugal has won the 2004 Olympia Prize gold medal. This distinction, awarded by an international jury of renowned philatelists, artists, journalists and IOC members, honours the best stamps of the 2004 Olympic Games. The stamp shows an athlete clearing the high jump bar. The Prize will be presented to Portugal at the 117th IOC Session on 7 July in Singapore.

Ukraine and Australia
The 2004 Olympia Prize silver medal was awarded to Ukraine for its stamp illustrating the Games of Antiquity, while Australia won the bronze medal with a modern subject: the start of a race. Singapore’s stamp received the distinction for originality for a historic subject showing athletes engraved on a stone.

Philatelic exhibition in Singapore
The International Olympic Philately Federation (FIPO), which organises this contest after each edition of the Olympic Games, will present, during the 117th IOC Session, the Olympia Prize finalists as well as some new philatelic items, particularly the stamps of the candidates cities for the organisation of the 2012 Olympic Games.

From 1896 to 1940
An exhibition at the Singapore Philatelic Museum, organised in collaboration with the country’s philatelic authorities, will illustrate the history of Olympic philately from a highly original angle. Thus, the visitor will be able to discover the origin and history of the creation of the first stamps in Olympic history in 1896, as well as the stamps designed by Turkey but which were never issued following its boycott of the Athens Games owing to the political situation at the time.

Philatelic history
Philatelic history of this period also reminds us of the non-celebration of the Berlin Games in 1916 and Helsinki Games in 1940, and for which several countries had planned to issue philatelic products.

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