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Games of the XXVII Olympiad (Sydney 2000)

Sydney 2000 Summer Olympics

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[Flag for Sydney 2000.] by Zach Harden, 26 June 2001.


AFter the festivities at Sydney 2000, its bright colours appear to have faded, but Sydney 2000 there was an abundance of colours, with flags flying everywhere.

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The Olympic flag:

[The Olympic flag.] by Mark Sensen

The Olympic flag was visible everywhere. It was hoisted in the Stadium for the duration of the game, it was flown at each Olympic event, in the Olympic Village, and all over Sydney. And finally, during the Closing Ceremony the Seoul flag was passed on to the Mayor of Athens, where the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad will be held in 2004.

A two-colour version of the Olympic flag

[Olympic flag in Blue and
White.] by Mark Sensen, recoloured by Ivan Sache, 16 September 2000

The Opening Ceremony of Sydney 2000 began with a group of 120 horsemen bearing flags riding into the stadium. The riders formed a series of patterns, with flags flying, among which the Olympic Rings. Their flags were two-coloured Olympic flags: A Blue Olympic Symbol on a White field. {3}

The Greek flag

[Greek flag.] by Edward Mooney

At each Opening Ceremony the first flag to enter the stadium in the Parade of Flags is the flag of Greece. And at each Closing Ceremony, when the Olympic flag is passed on to the next host of the Olympic Games a Greek flag is hoisted to symbolize their past. But at Sydney 2000 something unique did happen: The flag hoisted to symbolize the future of the Olympic Games was likewise a Greek flag, since Athens will be the next host of the Olympic Games.
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The Parade of Flags

During the Openings Ceremony all the teams paraded into the stadium behind their flags, and during the Closing Ceremony the flags did so once more. The flags and teams paraded in alphabetical order according to the language of the host country, except for Greece as the origin of the Olympic Games which always leads the parade, and Australia as the host country which closed the parade. The flags themselves all have the same size, and all have the ratio 2:3. For the flag of Nepal, which isn't rectangular, this ratio is used for the hoist and the bottom.
The millions watching the Opening Ceremony saw the flags and athletes enter the stadium in this order:

  1. Greece (GRE)

  2. Albania (ALB)
  3. Algeria (ALG)
  4. American Samoa (ASA)
  5. Andorra (AND)
  6. Angola (ANG)
  7. Antigua and Barbuda (ANT)
  8. Argentina (ARG)
  9. Armenia (ARM)
  10. Aruba (ARU)
  11. Austria (AUT)
  12. Azerbaijan (AZE)
  13. Bahamas (BAH)
  14. Bahrain (BRN)
  15. Bangladesh (BAN)
  16. Barbados (BAR)
  17. Belarus (BLR)
  18. Belgium (BEL)
  19. Belize (BIZ)
  20. Benin (BEN)
  21. Bermuda (BER)
  22. Bhutan (BHU)
  23. Bolivia (BOL)
  24. Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH)
  25. Botswana (BOT)
  26. Brazil (BRA)
  27. British Virgin Islands (IVB)
  28. Brunei Darussalam (BRU)
  29. Bulgaria (BUL)
  30. Burkina Faso (BUR)
  31. Burundi (BDI)
  32. Cambodia (CAM)
  33. Cameroon (CMR)
  34. Canada (CAN)
  35. Cape Verde (CPV)
  36. Cayman Islands (CAY)
  37. Central African Republic (CAF)
  38. Chad (CHA)
  39. Chile (CHI)
  40. China (CHN)
  41. Colombia (COL)
  42. Comoros (COM)
  43. Congo (CGO)
  44. Cook Islands (COK)
  45. Costa Rica (CRC)
  46. Côte d'Ivoire (CIV)
  47. Croatia (CRO)
  48. Cuba (CUB)
  49. Cyprus (CYP)
  50. Czech Republic (CZE)
  51. Democratic Republic of the Congo (COD)
  52. Denmark (DEN)
  53. Djibouti (DJI)
  54. Dominica (DMA)
  55. Dominican Republic (DOM)
  56. Ecuador (ECU)
  57. Egypt (EGY)
  58. El Salvador (ESA)
  59. Equatorial Guinea (GEQ)
  60. Eritrea (ERI)
  61. Estonia (EST)
  62. Ethiopia (ETH)
  63. Fiji Islands (FIJ)
  64. Finland (FIN)
  65. Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (MKD)
  66. France (FRA)
  67. Gabon (GAB)
  68. Gambia (GAM)
  69. Georgia (GEO)
  70. Germany (GER)
  71. Ghana (GHA)
  72. Great Britain (GBR)
  73. Grenada (GRN)
  74. Guam (GUM)
  75. Guatemala (GUA)
  76. Guinea (GUI)
  77. Guinea-Bissau (GBS)
  78. Guyana (GUY)
  79. Haiti (HAI)
  80. Honduras (HON)
  81. Hong Kong (HKG)
  82. Hungary (HUN)
  83. Iceland (ISL)
  84. India (IND)
  85. Indonesia (INA)
  86. Iran (IRI)
  87. Iraq (IRQ)
  88. Ireland (IRL)
  89. Israel (ISR)
  90. Italy (ITA)
  91. Jamaica (JAM)
  92. Japan (JPN)
  93. Jordan (JOR)
  94. Kazakhstan (KAZ)
  95. Kenya (KEN)
  96. Korea and Democratic People's Republic of Korea (KOR & PRK)
  97. Kuwait (KUW)
  98. Kyrgyzstan (KGZ)
  99. Laos (LAO)
  100. Latvia (LAT)
  101. Lebanon (LIB)
  102. Lesotho (LES)
  103. Liberia (LBR)
  104. Libya (LBA)
  105. Liechtenstein (LIE)
  106. Lithuania (LTU)
  107. Luxembourg (LUX)
  108. Madagascar (MAD)
  109. Malawi (MAW)
  110. Malaysia (MAS)
  111. Maldives (MDV)
  112. Mali (MLI)
  113. Malta (MLT)
  114. Mauritania (MTN)
  115. Mauritius (MRI)
  116. Mexico (MEX)
  117. Micronesia (FSM)
  118. Moldova (MDA)
  119. Monaco (MON)
  120. Mongolia (MGL)
  121. Morocco (MAR)
  122. Mozambique (MOZ)
  123. Myanmar (MYA)
  124. Namibia (NAM)
  125. Nauru (NRU)
  126. Nepal (NEP)
  127. The Netherlands (NED)
  128. Netherlands Antilles (AHO)
  129. New Zealand (NZL)
  130. Nicaragua (NCA)
  131. Niger (NIG)
  132. Nigeria (NGR)
  133. Norway (NOR)
  134. Oman (OMA)
  135. Pakistan (PAK)
  136. Palau (PLW)
  137. Palestine (PLE)
  138. Panama (PAN)
  139. Papua New Guinea (PNG)
  140. Paraguay (PAR)
  141. Peru (PER)
  142. Philippines (PHI)
  143. Poland (POL)
  144. Portugal (POR)
  145. Puerto Rico (PUR)
  146. Qatar(QAT)
  147. Romania (ROM)
  148. Russia (RUS)
  149. Rwanda (RWA)
  150. Saint Kitts and Nevis (SKN)
  151. Saint Lucia (LCA)
  152. Saint Vincent and The Grenadines (VIN)
  153. Samoa (SAM)
  154. San Marino (SMR)
  155. Sao Tome and Principe (STP)
  156. Saudi Arabia (KSA)
  157. Senegal (SEN)
  158. Seychelles (SEY)
  159. Sierra Leone (SLE)
  160. Singapore (SIN)
  161. Slovakia (SVK)
  162. Slovenia (SLO)
  163. Solomon Islands (SOL)
  164. Somalia (SOM)
  165. South Africa (RSA)
  166. Spain (ESP)
  167. Sri Lanka (SRI)
  168. Sudan (SUD)
  169. Surinam (SUR)
  170. Swaziland (SWZ)
  171. Sweden (SWE)
  172. Switzerland (SUI)
  173. Syria (SYR)
  174. Chinese Taipei (TPE)
  175. Tajikistan (TJK)
  176. Tanzania (TAN)
  177. Thailand (THA)
  178. Togo (TOG)
  179. Tonga (TGA)
  180. Trinidad and Tobago (TRI)
  181. Tunisia (TUN)
  182. Turkey (TUR)
  183. Turkmenistan (TKM)
  184. Uganda (UGA)
  185. Ukraine (UKR)
  186. United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  187. United States of America (USA)
  188. Uruguay (URU)
  189. Uzbekistan (UZB)
  190. Vanuatu (VAN)
  191. Venezuela (VEN)
  192. Vietnam (VIE)
  193. Virgin Islands (IVB)
  194. Yemen (YEM)
  195. Yugoslavia (YUG)
  196. Zambia (SAM)
  197. Zimbabwe (ZIM)

  198. Individual Olympic Athletes; East Timor (TMP)

  199. Australia (AUS)

{1 and 2}

The Australian flag

[Australian flag.] by António Martins

As Australia was the host country of Sydney 2000, the Australian national flag could been seen at every Olympic event. At the Opening Ceremony during the Parade of Flags, the flag of the host country was the last to enter the stadium. And at the Closing Ceremony the Australian flag was hoisted to symbolize the host country that was passing on the Olympic flag to the next host of the Olympic Games, Athens.

The Aboriginal flag and the Torres Straight Islanders flag

Aboriginal flag

[Aboriginal flag.] by Christopher Vance

Torres Strait Islander flag

[Torres Strait Islander
flag.] by Ivan Sache

Australia does have more than one national flag. In recognition of this the Sydney 2000 organizing committee has flown the Aboriginal flag and the Torres Straight Islanders flag alongside the Australian flag over the Sydney Olympic Park, the Olympic Village, the Sydney Opera House Olympic precinct, and three other prominent locations.

The flag of the United Nations:

[Flag of the UNO.] by Zeljko Heimer, 5 June 1996, modified by Jan Oskar Engene, 11 April 1998 and António Martins, 10 October 1999

In ancient times an Olympic Truce was pledged for the duration of the Olympic Games. Since 1993 the UN have restored this tradition, and every two years, before the Winter or Summer Games are held, the General Assembly of the United Nations calls on all states and all international and national organizations to observe an Olympic Truce, starting one week before the Olympic Games are opened, and lasting until one week after the Olympic Games are closed.

To signify the Olympic Truce, and to recognize that both the United Nations and the Olympic Movement strive for peace and understanding among all nations and people, at the Olympic Games the UN flag is flown at each Olympic event.


1 International Olympic Committee Website, July 2000
2 Olympic Charter - International Olympic Committee, 12 December 1999
3 Ivan Sache, 16 September 2000

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