The Winter Olympics were opened in Sarajevo on this day 39 years ago

NEWS 08.02.2023 09:37

The fourteenth Winter Olympic Games were held in Sarajevo in 1984 between February 8th and 19th and according to the then president of the International Olympic Committee, Juan Antonio Samaranch, it was the best organized Winter Olympics up to that time.

On May 18, 1978, at the session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Athens, Sarajevo was awarded the organization of this major sports competition. Sarajevo began extensive preparations and the construction of sports arenas, Olympic facilities, and the necessary infrastructure ahead of the arrival of competitors from all over the world, as well as numerous guests and press teams who visited BiH’s capital.

The official opening ceremony of the XIV Winter Olympic Games was held on February 8 at the Kosevo stadium. The Olympic flame was lit by figure skater Sanda Dubravcic, and skier Bojan Križaj took the Olympic oath on behalf of the athletes.

Athletes from 49 countries would compete in the disciplines: alpine skiing, bobsleigh and luge, hockey and figure skating, biathlon, Nordic skiing and jumping.

The event ended on February 19 with a solemn ceremony in the Zetra Olympic Hall.

The Olympic snowflake and Vucko, the mascot of the 1884 Games, still remind Sarajevans of this great sporting event.


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