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22 Mar 2004
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Olympic Art & Sport Contest: the jury has reached a verdict!

Olympic Art Sport Contest: the jury has reached a verdict!
An international jury, comprising, among others, Zhenliang He, IOC Commission for Culture and Olympic Education Chairman, and Ousmane Sow, a famous Senegalese sculptor, met yesterday, 22 March 2004, to choose the three winners of the Olympic Art Sport Contest.

Six winners in the “graphic works” and “sculptures” categories
In the "graphic works" category, the winners came from the People’s Republic of China, Cuba and Italy; while in the “sculptures” category, they were from the USA, the People’s Republic of China and Chinese Taipei. These results fully reflect the originality and internationalism of the competition. The award-winning artworks will be put on show in Athens during the forthcoming Games.

Artworks shown at the Olympic Museum
This year, the contest saw works of art from 39 countries, representing the five continents. These pieces, by about 60 artists, are currently being shown at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne.

Origin of the Contest goes back to Stockholm 1912
The origin of the Art Sport Contest goes back to the Games of the V Olympiad in Stockholm in 1912. Organised there for the first time, contests featured literature, music, architecture, painting and sculpture. These competitions appeared on the official programme. The three winners of each category were rewarded with medals in gold, silver and bronze.

An idea by Pierre de Coubertin to revive Greek tradition
The idea of the art contest was dear to Pierre de Coubertin, the reviver of the modern Games, who wanted to re-establish the Ancient Greek tradition of linking art and sport. These artistic events continued until the London Games in 1948.

Comeback in Sydney in 2000
In 2000, during the Games of the XXVII Olympiad in Sydney, the IOC Commission for Culture and Olympic Education, in collaboration with the National Olympic Committees, re-launched the concept by setting up a contest which brought together graphic works and sculptures from the whole world.

Learn more on the Olympic Museum
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