1960 Summer Olympics

Games of the XVII Olympiad
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Host cityRome, Italy
Athletes5,338 (4,727 men, 611 women)
Events150 in 17 sports (23 disciplines)
Opening25 August
Closing11 September
Opened byPresident Giovanni Gronchi
CauldronGiancarlo Peris
StadiumStadio Olimpico
Melbourne 1956 Tokyo 1964
Squaw Valley 1960 Innsbruck 1964

The 1960 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XVII Olympiad (Italian: Giochi della XVII Olimpiade), was an international multi-sport event that was held from August 25 to September 11, 1960, in Rome, Italy. The city of Rome had previously been awarded the administration of the 1908 Summer Olympics, but following the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 1906, Rome had no choice but to decline and pass the honour to London.

Host city selection

On June 15, 1955, at the 50th IOC Session in Paris, France, Rome won the rights to host the 1960 Games, having beaten Brussels, Mexico City, Tokyo, Detroit, Budapest (the first city of the Eastern Bloc to make an Olympic bid) and finally Lausanne. Tokyo and Mexico City would subsequently host the proceeding 1964 and 1968 Summer Olympics respectively.[1]

Toronto was initially interested in the bidding, but appears to have dropped out during the final phase of the bid process.[2] This was the first of five unsuccessful attempts by Toronto to secure the Summer Olympics from then until the 2008 games.

1960 Summer Olympics bidding results[3]
City Country Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
Rome  Italy 15 26 35
Lausanne   Switzerland 14 21 24
Detroit  United States 6 11
Budapest  Hungarian People's Republic 8 1
Brussels  Belgium 6
Mexico City  Mexico 6
Tokyo  Japan 4
Other Languages
Аҧсшәа: Урым 1960
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Летнія Алімпійскія гульні 1960 году
Bahasa Indonesia: Olimpiade Musim Panas 1960
Кыргызча: Рим 1960
монгол: Ромын олимп
Nāhuatl: Roma 1960
norsk nynorsk: Sommar-OL 1960
Simple English: 1960 Summer Olympics
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Olimpijada 1960