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Barcelona Mayor: 1992 Olympics Left ‘Indelible Legacy’ on the City

China's Fu Mingxia competed in a preliminary round in women's 10 meter Platform Diving during the 1992 Games. Barcelona's Sagrada Familia can be seen in the background. Photo: STEPHEN SAVOIA/ASSOCIATED PRESS

As Barcelona celebrates the 25th anniversary of the 1992 Olympics, the city’s mayor Ada Colau said the Barcelona Games left an indelible legacy of which the city could be proud.

Speaking at an event launching the anniversary celebrations she said: “The Olympic Games Barcelona 1992 had left an indelible legacy of which the city could be proud: “Barcelona opened up to the world and, above all, to its citizens, becoming a collective project that looked both inwards and outwards.”

Alejandro Blanco Bravo, the president of the Spanish Olympic Committee described Barcelona 1992 as an unforgettable occasion for world sport: “Twenty-five years on, the whole world is speaking with pride and passion about what happened.”

The 25th anniversary program features school activities, official acts, sporting events and the “City and Olympism” conferences, which will address topics such as the role of women and their treatment in the media, volunteering, the Paralympic Games and the role of host cities. Barcelona will also host a meeting of the IOC’s Olympic Solidarity Commission on 10-11 April, while the eighth BCN Sports Film Festival will take the 1992 Games as its central theme and a free city-wide sporting and cultural festival will be held on 11 July to commemorate what was a landmark occasion in Barcelona’s history.

This story first appeared in the blog, The Sport Intern. The editor is Karl-Heinz Huba of Lorsch, Germany. He can be reached at ISMG@aol.com. The article is reprinted here with permission of Huba.

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