Games of the 17 Olympiad,1960
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- Rome, the Italian capital won the right to host the Games of the 17 Olympiad in June 1955 at the 50th IOC session in Paris.
- The other candidate cities were Detroit, USA, Budapest, Hungary, Lausanne, Switzerland, Tokyo, Japan, Mexico City and Brussels, Belgium.
- Events were held at the modern arenas and in famous ancient sites such as the Caracalla Thermal baths - Gymnastics and the Maxence Basilica - Wrestling.
Games of the 17 Olympiad,1960 - Some interesting facts
- President Giovanni Gronchi officially opened the Olympic games 1960 at the new Olympic Stadium with total capacity for up to 90,000 spectators.
- Thousands of athletes, except for the Soviet competitors, had received the blessing of the Pope John XXIII in St.Peter's Square.
- The 1960 Olympic Games were the first Olympics to be fully covered by television - these Games were broadcasted live in 18 European countries and with a time delay of a few hours in the USA and Canada.
- Among the many winners in Olympics 1960 was a light-heavyweight boxer of the USA named Cassius Clay. Later, after changing his name to Muhammad Ali, he became the greatest heavyweight champion ever.
- The first African Olympic champion became marathon runner Abebe Bikila from Ethiopia, while running the race barefoot.
Rome 1960: The Summer Olympics That Stirred the World