Date of Issue
June 15, 1992
Olympic Summer Games
Series Time Span
Perforation or Dimension
12.5 x 13
Designed by Katalin Kovats.
Many of the world's top athletes, including Canada's best, will be competing in Barcelona, Spain from July 25 to August 9 at the 1992 Olympic Summer Games. One of 12 top corporate sponsors, Canada Post Corporation is issuing a booklet of 10 stamps on June 15, commemorating the Canadian athlete's participation. The five stamp designs depict track and field, gymnastics, swimming, diving and cycling. Since their birth in Athens in 1896, the modern Olympic Games have pursued the goals of international participation, co-operation and understanding. These are summed up in the motto "Citius, Altius, Fortius" - Faster, Higher and Stronger. It is indeed fitting that Barcelona at long last was awarded the Games. The city is noted for its devotion to sports and its outstanding facilities are essentially for the people. The founder if the modern Games, Baron Pierre de Coubertin was quoted saying, "Before I came to Barcelona, I thought I knew what a sporting city was . . ." High praise indeed! The five sports depicted on the stamps are among the most popular, arduous and crowd-pleasing at the Games. The sport of diving is as old as the ancient civilizations of Egypt and Rome. Today's events originated in Germany and Sweden in the early 1800s. An Olympic event since 1904, competitive diving in Canada had its birth in the 1920s, with the Canadian Amateur Diving Association being formed in 1969. Only the 10 meter platform and 3 meter springboard are used at the Olympics.
Canada Post Corporation. Canada's Stamps Details, No. 6, 1992, p. 1, 10.
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