Sport – Games of the XXXI Olympiad, Rio de Janeiro SI

Sport – Games of the XXXI Olympiad, Rio de Janeiro

Pošta Slovenije has to date issued 65 sports-related stamps, among them 28 Olympic stamps. All have been issued in sheetlets of six stamps. The designs of this year’s stamps feature women’s mountain biking and men’s canoe/kayak slalom.

Brazil hosts the Summer Olympics for the first time, and this edition of the Games also marks the first time the Olympics have been held in South America. Brazil’s national postal operator Correios has already issued 65 Olympic stamps and three miniature sheets. The stamps show the majority of Olympic sports, while the miniature sheets feature the Games logo. All the Brazilian Olympic stamps are printed in sheets of 20, 25 and 30, which is a record for issues of stamps commemorating the Olympic Games. Host countries usually issue series consisting of between two and eight stamps. Brazil is thus an exception.

The Slovenian Olympic Committee, whose logo appears on the edge of the sheet, currently has 85 athletes on the list of entrants. The final number will be known by the end of July. Judging from the entries from other countries, this year’s Games will see the participation of quite a number of athletes who have already competed in the Winter Olympics. It is not yet known who these athletes are. A curiosity: Igor Radin is the only Slovene to date to have competed in both Summer and Winter Games – at the Rome Olympics in 1960 as a member of the coxed four and, four years later, at the 1964 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, as a member of the Yugoslav ice hockey team.

Given Slovenia’s long tradition at the highest levels of sport, we optimistically expect some good results from our athletes.

Tomaž Zajc

Technical Details

Issue Date: 27.05.2016
Designer: Svetlana Miljaševič
Printer: Agencija za komercijalnu djelatnost d.o.o., Zagreb, Croatia
Process: Offset
Colours: 4 Colours
Size: 42.60 x 29.82 mm
Values: 0.64, 0.97