India in XXI Olympic Games, 1976

Complete Set of 4 nos of commemorative postage stamps on XXI Olympic Games, Montreal :

1. Shooting [XXI Olympic Games, Montreal]2. Shot-Put [XXI Olympic Games, Montreal]3. Hockey [XXI Olympic Games, Montreal]4. Sprinting [XXI Olympic Games, Montreal]

Issued by India

Issued on Jul 17, 1976

Issued for : The Indian Posts & Telegraphs Department was celebrating India’s participation in this year’s Olympic Games by issuing a series of four postage stamps.

Type : Stamps, Postal Used

Watermark : No

Colour : Multicoloured

Denomination : 25, 100, 150 & 280 Paise

Stamp Overall Size : 3.91 x 2.90 cms.

Stamp Print Size : 3.56 x 2.54 cms.

About : 

  •  The Olympics had their beginnings in ancient Greece. The Games got their name from the venue – Olympia, a Greek settlement. The first recorded Olympics were held in 776 B.C. but they were suspended in 394 A.D. by the Roman Empire Theodosius. After an interval of more than 1500 years, the Olympics were revived in 1896 by the zeal and efforts of a French nobleman Baron Pierre de Coubertin. The Games are now held every four years in major world cities by rotation. They had, however, to be abandoned thrice in 1916, 1940 and 1944 on account of two world wars. 
  • The XXI Olympic Games was held at Montreal, Canada from July 17 to August 1, 1976. India participating in a number of events. India’s main interest in the Games had been in hockey in which it regained supreme for an unbroken span of 32 years in six Olympic Games in a row since 1928. The Olympic Games are intended to foster international goodwill by bringing together different countries in friendly rivalry. India is interested in the growth of international understanding in the field of sports and has been participating in the Olympic Games to live up to the Olympic ideal that participation in a friendly manner is more important than winning.

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