1908 Summer Olympics
The Olympics were originally scheduled to be held in Rome; however, Mount Vesuvius erupted on 7 April 1906. The natural disaster caused a financial strain on the Italian government. Then the venue was changed to London. The costs of the games were covered by donations.
A total of 22 nations sent athletes to compete at the London games. They were:
- At the time, they were the fifth modern Olympic games. However, it was later decided that the 1906 Summer Olympics would not be considered an official Olmpiad.
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- Taking part in the games for the first time were Argentina, Finland, Turkey, and New Zealand (as part of the team from Australasia).
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