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MEXICO CITY, July 11 (Xinhua) -- The 6th Olympic Games were supposed to have been held in Berlin in 1916. However, due to the First World War, they were suspended even though the numbering of the Games were kept the same, as if they had gone ahead as originally planned in Germany.


After the war, the accumulated resentment headed to Belgium, the 1920 7th Olympics host, as the countries that lost the war were banned from competing. Despite this, the Games had the highest number of participants since the start of the modern Olympics back in Athens 1896.


The Games took place in the city of Antwerp, from April 20 to September 12 with 2,622 athletes (65 women) from 29 countries participating in 156 disciplines from 22 sports.


In 1919, during the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) congress in Lausanne, Switzerland, Antwerp was chosen to host the Games which were to be known as the "Games of Peace." For that reason, the Belgian city only had one year to prepare for the Games of the VII Olympiad, as it is officially known.


However, despite pressure from the IOC, the hosts stuck to their decision about not inviting the countries that had invaded their country during WWI - Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary and the Ottoman Empire (Turkey). Also the Soviet Union did not receive an invitation to the sporting event.


During the Opening Ceremony, the Olympic flag with the five rings signifying the five continents and the universality of the Olympic Games was waved for the first time.


The Olympic oath was also voiced for the first time during this ceremony: "We swear. We will take part in the Olympic Games in a spirit of chivalry, for the honor of our country and for the glory of sport." It was taken by Belgian fencer and water polo player Victor Boin on behalf of all competitors. During the ceremony 2,000 white doves were released as a symbol of peace.


Finland shocked the world in this Olympics since the Scandinavian country, whose delegation only had 60 athletes, won 15 gold medals. Their two most famous figures where Hanes Kolehmainen and Paavo Nurmi.


Kolehmainen, who had previously won the 5,000, 10,000 meters and individual cross country in Stockholm 1912, won in the marathon event this time.


Nurmi set an Olympic record in the 10,000 meters that went unbeaten for ten years and managed to win three gold medals at his Olympics debut.


United States runner Charles Paddock won the 100 meters with a jump that made him the first person to cross the finish line when his legs were still in the air.


Italian fencer Nedo Nadi won gold medals in five of the six fencing events. In swimming, Ethelda Bleibtrey from the U.S. won gold medals in all three women's contests. Including the preliminary heats, she swam five races and broke the world record in every one.


French tennis player Suzanne Lenglen showed superiority by only losing four out of the 10 sets she played.


At age 72, Oscar Swahn from Sweden, showed that age was no barrier when he won the silver medal in the the team double-shot running deer event, making him the oldest Olympic medallist ever.






U.S. 41 27 27 95


Sweden 19 18 24 61


UK 15 15 13 43


Finland 15 10 9 34


Belgium 14 11 11 36


Norway 13 9 9 31


Italy 13 5 5 23


France 9 19 13 41


Netherlands 4 2 5 11


Denmark 3 9 1 13


ROTTERDAM , the Netherlands, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- A grand ceremony was held as scheduled on Saturday at the port of Rotterdam to welcome the world's biggest container ship, the CSCL Globe owned by China Shipping Group , though the vessel on her maiden voyage was held miles away from the port due to 7-10 gale wind and 4-meter-high waves roaring above the sea waters.


"It's an honor to welcome the CSCL Globe at the Port of Rotterdam. It's a testimony of the excellent relationship between China Shipping and the terminal operator, Euromax ECT here in Rotterdam, and also of the excellent relationship between the ports in China and the Port of Rotterdam ," Allard Castelein, Chief Executive of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, told Xinhua at the welcome ceremony.


"We look forward to further collaboration. I think the port of Rotterdam is laid out in a very efficient way for such vessels ," he said, adding that it's a pity that the vessel cannot enter the port due to the bad weather while stressing that the safety of people and cargo on board has always been the primary consideration of the Port authorities.


"Although we have so many distinguished guests here, safety is paramount and we can not compromise. We have to wait till the weather turns better and that is part of the maritime industry. We expect the vessel to enter into the port in another 24 if not 48 hours ," he explained.


"I do expect that many people will come to visit as soon as the ship comes in because the Dutch people support the maritime industry and businesses very much," added the head of the European largest port.


For Ahmed Aboutaleb, Mayor of Rotterdam , the voyage of the world's largest container ship to Rotterdam is a very impressive moment for the trade between China and the Netherlands.


"Rotterdam is a key port for Chinese exports to Europe. Through the port of Rotterdam, China has the opportunity to reach about 500 million rich consumers in Europe," said the mayor.


Chinese Ambassador to the Netherlands Chen Xu stressed that the arrival of the CSCL Globe at Rotterdam illustrates the win-win perspective of the development of trade and cooperation between China and the whole world.


"Four centuries ago , Chinese goods such as tea, silk and porcelains entered into the heartland of Europe through the Dutch gateway. We call it maritime silk road," said the ambassador.


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