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Canberra Olympic Games Football

2003.0056.0002

Canberra Olympic Games Football

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Physical description

Red and pink banner with white text stating "Canberra / Olympic Games / Football". The Sydney 2000 logo containing a running figure is shown at the right hand side with the text "Sydney 2000" and the Olympic ring emblem. Two thin rods are sewn into each side of the banner. Two metal eyelets are at each side of the banner.

Statement of significance

The Project 2000 Taskforce Collection comprises an Olympic Flame Cauldron, a Canberra Olympic football banner and two Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) flags.

The aim of the taskforce based in the ACT Chief Minister's office was to maximise the sporting, cultural and business opportunities for Canberra presented by the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Canberra was one of four cities outside Sydney which held Olympic Games events, hosting 11 of the 48 soccer matches. The banners and the torch relay played an important part in popularising the Olympic Games in Canberra. The Olympic torch spent three days in Canberra prior to the Games. The football banners are examples of those placed on the main roads leading to Canberra Stadium. The blue FIFA flag was flown at the stadium and the gold FIFA flag was carried on the pitch before the teams at the start of each match.

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