India in XXIII Olympics, Los Angeles

Complete Set of 4 nos of postage stamps on the 23rd Olympic Games 1984, Los Angeles :

974 Basketball - XXIII Olympic Games [India Stamp 1984]975 High Jump - XXIII Olympic Games [India Stamp 1984]976 Floor Exercises - XXIII Olympic Games [India Stamp 1984]977 Weightlifting - XXIII Olympic Games [India Stamp 1984]

Issued by India

Issued on Jul 28, 1984

Issued for : The Indian Posts & Telegraphs Department is proud to commemorate India’s participation in the XXIII Olympics with the issue of these four stamps.

Design : The stamps designed by K. N. Raha show “Basket Ball” on the 50p stamp, ‘Girl doing floor exercises’ on the 200p stamp and ‘Weightlifting’ on the 250p stamp. The 100p stamp showing ‘High Jump’ has been designed by Shashi Kant Jha.

Type : Stamps, Mint Condition

Colour : Multicolour

Denomination : 50, 100, 200, 250 Paise

Overall size : 4.06 x 2.73 cms.

Printing size : 3.71 x 2.38 cms.

Perforation : 13 x 13

Paper : Unwatermarked adhesive stamp paper

Number printed : 15,00,000 each

Number per issue sheet : 40

Printing process : Photogravure

Printed at : India Security Press

About : 

  • The origin of Olympic Games goes back to the end of fourteenth century B.C. The original games were purely Greek in culture, which led to their being banned by the Emperor Theodosius in A.D. 393. The Games as we know them today, were revived in 1896. In June 1894, the International Congress of Paris for the Re-establishment of the Olympic Games was convened in the amphitheatre of the Sorbonne of Paris. Its success surpassed the hopes of Baron de Coubertin, inspirer of the revived Olympic Movement and rightly called the father of the modern Olympics. On 23rd June, the Congress, with the unanimous support of the seventy nine delegates and forty nine sports associations from twelve countries present, agreed to re-establish the Games, choosing to hold them in true Hellenic tradition in Athens in 1896.
  • The 1896 Olympic Games were thus held in Athens in the Pan Athenic stadium of Herodas, which was elongated so that there was a 400 meters circuit, with sharp turns. There were ten sports included in the first programme; Cycling, Gymnastics, Tennis, Swimming, Athletics, Fencing, Weight Lifting, Rowing, Wrestling and Shooting. The games have been held regularly every 4 years thereafter, except for the two World Wars; and have grown with the passage of time. Today, there are twenty one sports, besides a number of disciplines within each sport.
  • The Olympic motto, Citius, Altius, Fortius – Swifter, Higher, Stronger made its appearance at the Antwerp Games in 1922. Its inventor, was an Dominican, Father Henri Didon, who had a great influence on Coubertin.
  • The Twenty Third Summer Olympics are being held in Los Angeles, California. Sam, the eagle, as designed by Walt Disney Productions is the official mascot, while the star Emblem symbolizes the speed and competition spirit of the contestant. The Los Angeles Games are planned to be the first Olympic financed by private industry sponsors. A non-private organisation, incorporated under the laws of the State of California will manage the event.
  • Though it joined the International Olympic Committee only in 1927, India has been taking part in the Games since 1920. Besides Hockey, which had been our forte for a record spell, in 1984, India sent a seventy strong contingent who participated in Athletics, Weightlifting, Wrestling, Shooting, Boxing and Tennis (demonstration). Whatever laurels and awards, our sportsmen win, India certainly live up to the Olympic ideal that taking part is more important than winning.

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