Beijing to host World Olympic Collectors' Fair in June
[ 2007-04-19 16:12 ]
The 13th World Olympic Collectors' Fair will be held for the first time in Beijing, the host of the Olympic Games in 2008, according to a press conference on Tuesday.
The collectors all over the world are expected to take the opportunity to exchange, buy, sell or complete their collections of pins, mascots, torches, medals, stamps, posters, postcards or any other items carrying the Olympic rings.
Co-sponsoredby the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG), the Chinese Olympic Committee and the State Post Bureau, the fair will run from June 22 to 28, 2007. Juan Antonio Samaranch, the IOC Honorary President and Chairman of the Olympic Philately, Numismatics and Memorabilia Commission will attend the fair's opening ceremony.
Preparations for the event are under way. An invitation letter autographed by Samaranch has been sent to collectors and related companies across the world. BOCOG has decided to include the publicity of the event into the fifth Beijing Olympic Cultural Festival.
In line withthe IOC suggestion, the Chinese Sport Stamps Collectors' Association will hold a stamps' exhibition to select the finest stamps for the fair. A large-scale exhibition entitled "The Olympics and China" will also be held during the fair to display ancient Chinese sports, sport-themed Chinese artworks and the items reflecting China's participation in the Olympic Movement.
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