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The Olympic Museum of Athens opens, history and innovation of the Games

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Rome, May 28 (askanews) – A museum dedicated to the spirit and history of the Olympics opens its doors, a few steps from the Olympic Stadium in Athens. It is one of the 28 Olympic Museums in the world. But here, in the cradle of Olympism, and a few weeks before the Tokyo Games, scheduled for July, it really takes on another meaning: postponed several times due to the pandemic, its opening comes 125 years after the first edition of the modern Olympic Games – held in Athens in 1896. The director, Maria Papaioannou: “The Olympic Museum of Athens is a unique journey into the history and spirit of the Olympic Games. It was designed with the aim of providing a unique experience for visitors.” We opened last week and we take every precaution for the safety of our guests. “The museum offers a chronological tour that traces the evolution of the Games from antiquity to the present day. “It was time”, said Spyros Capralos, president of the Hellenic Olympic Committee, who expressed his “great satisfaction”. The journey takes the visitor through time, marked by the most important events of the Games. All digitized, with touch screens and interactive paths, between tradition and modernity. The 38 versions of the torches used for the Olympic torch relay illuminate the visit, stimulated by the projection of videos of the highlights of the Games around the world. are also the correspondence between Dimitris Vikelas, a Greek businessman and writer, and Baron Pierre de Coubertin, “the visionary founder of the modern Olympic Games”, according to the International Olympic Committee. The museum also dedicates a room to the Greek Olympic champions , many of which donated equipment to be exhibited in the museum. On display the undershirt of Pyrros Dimas, Olympic weightlifting champion in 1992, 1996 and 2000, the kimono of Ilias Iliadis, Olympic judo champion in 2004, and the sail of Sofia Bekatorou, Olympic sailing champion in 2004.

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