India on XXX Olympiad, London

A Miniature Sheet consisting of 4 nos. of postage stamp on the 30th Olympic Games, London :

The London 2012 Summer OlympicsIndia men's national volleyball teamRowing Federation of IndiaYachting Association of IndiaPopular Sport of IndiaIssued by India

Issued on Jul 25, 2012

Issued for : Department of Posts is proud to be a part of this celebration of sports and humanity by commemorating London 2012 Olympic Games by issuing a set of four Commemorative Postage Stamps and a Souvenir Sheet.

Credits:
Stamp
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FDC & Souvenir Sheet : Kamleshwar Singh
Cancellation : Alka Sharma

Type : Miniature Sheet, Mint Condition

Colour : Multi Colour

Denomination : 2000, 500, 2000 & 500 Paise

Stamps Printed : 0.4 Million Each

Souvenir Sheet : 0.4 Million

Sheetlet : 0.02 million

Printing Process : Wet Offset

Printer : India Security Press, Nasik

About : 

  • The London Olympics commencing on 27th July 2012 with the theme slogan ‘Inspire a Generation‘ are a much awaited event for the sports enthusiasts across the globe. The slogan reflects one of London‘s key Olympic legacy pledges which is ‘to inspire a generation of young people to take part in local volunteering, cultural, and physical activity’. It is only since 1988 that the host cities have adopted their own motto/slogan for the Olympic Games. The earlier official Olympic motto was “Citius, Altius, Fortius” – which means “Faster, Higher, Stronger”.
  • London is the first city to have the privilege of hosting the modern Olympic games third time, having previously done so in 1908 and 1948. At the London Games, around 10,500 athletes will compete across 26 sports with the epicentre of competition being Olympic Park. Located in Stratford, East London, Olympic Park has seen 2.5 square kilometres of industrial wasteland transformed into a green space which will provide the community ‘state of the art’ sports venues as well as one of the largest urban parks created in Europe in over 150 years.
  • Wenlock has been chosen as the official Olympic mascot and Mandeville as the official Paralympics’ mascot for London 2012. Wenlock is named after the village of Much Wenlock in Shropshire – which hosted a precursor to the modern Olympic Games in the 19th century. Mandeville is named after Stoke Mandeville, Buckinghamshire, UK, where the first Paralympic Games were held in 1948.
  • Department of Posts is issuing a set of four Commemorative stamps to mark this prestigious event. The stamps are a stylized portrayal of sportsmen engaged in Volleyball, Rowing, Sailing and Badminton.
  • Volleyball – Volleyball made its Olympic debut at the Tokyo 1964 Games for both men and women. Volleyball is played by two teams of six players each. The object of the game is to land the ball in the opposition’s half of the court. The key attacking move is the set and spike, in which a player feeds the ball (the set) for a teammate to power it into the opposition’s court (the spike). Volleyball requires power and quick reactions from the players.
  • Rowing – Rowing has been staged at all Olympic Games since making its debut on the Olympic programme at Paris in 1900. Women’s Rowing events joined the Olympic programme at the Montreal Olympics, 1976. Rowing events are head-to-head races, ranging from Single Sculls to the Eight which is contested by teams of eight rowers with a cox. There are also lightweight events, where there are weight limits on the athletes in each boat. Rowing depends on a combination of strength and stamina. Technique and teamwork are vital to ensure getting the maximum speed and distance out of every stroke. A rower or team must time their race to perfection, ensuring that they have enough energy left for a fighting finish, if necessary.
  • Sailing – Sailing made its Olympic debut in Paris 1900 with both men’s and women’s competitions. With the exception of St. Louis 1904, the sport has appeared at every Olympic Games since. Sailing is both a technical and tactical sport. Athletes need to be masters of their boats, getting the most out of them in terms of speed and performance. They must also be able to adjust to changing conditions and race tactically to ensure the best position at each stage in the race.
  • Badminton – One of the most dynamic Olympic sports, Badminton made its full Olympic debut at Barcelona 1992. Badminton is a fast and dynamic sport. Players need to be incredibly fit and agile, have lightning quick reactions and excellent judgement. Doubles players must be in perfect harmony, working together as a team.
  • The Olympic Games celebrate the eternal quest for excellence and the capability of sportspersons from different nations, cultures and background to come together and compete fairly and honestly to promote peace and international harmony.
  • Text : Rashi Sharma (Based on the material downloaded from the Internet).

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