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06 Aug 2004
Olympic News

One week to go: Phevos and Athena's welcome

The Games of the XXVIII Olympiad will be officially opened in a week’s time by the President of the Republic of Greece. On this occasion, Phevos and Athena, the mascots of ATHENS 2004, will welcome the world to the Olympic Games in Athens.

Values of Olympism
Their creation was inspired by an ancient Greek doll and their names are linked to Ancient Greece, yet the two siblings are children of modern times. Their names are of two Olympian gods: Phevos, the Olympian god of light and music, known as Apollo; and Athena, goddess of wisdom and patron of the city of Athens. Phevos and Athena represent the values of Olympism: participation, brotherhood, equality, cooperation and fair play.

Olympic stamp series
As the Olympic Games return to their birthplace, the Hellenic Post Office, continuing a tradition rooted in the first modern Olympic Games of 1896, has created an evocative collectable Olympic stamp series, The Olympic Stamps and Albums Programme. It is split into two sections, covering the entire spectrum from the birth of the Olympic Games to their revival. In the first section, the Olympic Games are presented in their birthplace in Ancient Greece, while in the second section, the ancient Games are linked to the modern Olympic Games in Athens in 2004.

Olymphilex 2004
The Hellenic Post Office is also staging the International Olympic Stamps and Memorabilia Exhibition, OLYMPHILEX 2004, with the International Federation of Philately (FIP), the IOC Philately, Numismatic & Memorabilia Commission, and Greek philatelists. Unique award-winning Olympic collections from all over the world will be exhibited in a historic building in the centre of Athens, and everyone will have the opportunity to travel back in time, to the history of the Games as recorded on a small but powerful medium: the stamp. The exhibition will be officially inaugurated on 16 August 2004 by IOC President Rogge, with the Chairman of the IOC Philately, Numismatic and Memorabilia Commission and IOC Honorary President for Life, Juan Antonio Samaranch.

Learn more on Athens 2004

Official website of Athens 2004
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