1996 Sports and the Environment
UN Offices in New York
These stamps were issued July 19, 1996, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the modern Olympic Games. Based on the vision of French educator Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the International Olympic Committee was founded in 1894. His goal: to revive the Olympic Games of antiquity, which had been held between 776 B.C. and 393 A.D. In 1896, the first modern games were held in Athens, Greece. Athletes from 13 countries participated.
In 1996, the Olympic movement celebrated the games of the XXVI Olympiad. These Centennial Games were held in Atlanta, Georgia, with 197 countries participating.
LeRoy Neiman of the United States created the artwork for the Sports and the Environment issue. One of the world’s premier sports artists, Neiman is a master of capturing the action and excitement of athletic competition in his work. In the art world, Neiman is as familiar as the sports heroes and international celebrities he paints.
This is the second issue of U.N. stamps to reproduce Neiman’s work. The first was “Health in Sports,” which was released in 1988.