1960 Summer Olympics

Games of the XVII Olympiad, celebrated in Rome in 1960

The 1960 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XVII Olympiad, were held at Rome in Italy.[1]

USSR postage stamp in honor of weightlifting at the 1960 games

Rome had been awarded the 1908 Summer Olympics. However, after the 1906 eruption of Mount Vesuvius, London became the host. Other possible cities to host the 1960 Summer Olympics were Lausanne, Detroit, Budapest, Brussels, Mexico City and Tokyo; but in 1955, Rome was chosen.

CBS paid $394,000 for the right to broadcast the Games in the United States.[2]

Participating nationsEdit

A total of 67 nations sent athletes to compete at the Melbourne games.[3]

Related pagesEdit


Countries at the 1960 Olympics
  1. Sports Reference.com (SR/Olympics), "1960 Rome Summer Games"[permanent dead link]; retrieved 2012-7-25.
  2. Museum of Broadcast Communication (MBC), "Olympics and Television"; retrieved 2012-7-25.
  3. Taking part in the games for the first time were Morocco, San Marino, Sudan, Suriname and Tunisia.
  4. Athletes from Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago had joined together as the new (British) West Indies Federation; and they competed as "Antilles". This was unique in the 1960 Olympiad.
  5. Athletes from East Germany and West Germany would compete as the United Team of Germany.

Other websitesEdit

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