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The Opening Ceremony at the Olympic Games Athens 2004. © 2004 / Kishimoto / IOC / NAKAMURA, Hiroyuki.
Donate your sports equipment and make your contribution to the IOC’s cultural heritage!
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Olympic Games Munich 1972: Günter Zahn of West Germany at the Opening Ceremony. © 1972 / International Olympic Committee (IOC) / United Archives.
Athletes are at the heart of the Olympic Movement. By giving their sports equipment to the International Olympic Committee and the Olympic Museum, they share a key moment of their history with the public. These objects bear witness to incredible achievements, extraordinary stories and intense emotions. They perpetuate the Olympic dream and embody the Olympic values of excellence, respect and friendship upheld by the athletes on the field of play and beyond. Thank you to the athletes of the world for making such a unique gift to us and helping to make thousands of visitors of all generations dream. IOC President Thomas Bach
Olympic Games Munich 1972: John Akii-Bua of Uganda kisses the gold medal after winning the men’s 400m hurdles. © 1972 / International Olympic Committee (IOC) / United Archives.
Welcome to the history of the Olympic Games
Be a part of the Olympic legend
We are here to help you tell your amazing story and encourage youngsters to share in the Olympic values and ideals we all hold dear.
For athletes who make a donation the Games live on forever The item you donate is a witness of its time, the symbol of a Olympic adventure that possesses the power to inspire new generations through the cultural and educational programmes that the IOC runs at the Olympic Museum and around the world. Follow the lead taken by many Olympic legends and play your part in adding to a truly rich heritage, assembled during the course of 120 years of Olympism.
A guarantee from the IOC Your equipment will be looked after with the utmost care in the best possible storage conditions, all with the aim of ensuring that our Olympic heritage is passed on to future generations.
1) Olympic Games Beijing 2008: Jamaica’s Usain Bolt celebrates victory in the men’s 100m. © 2008 / International Olympic Committee (IOC) / JUILLIART, Richard. 2) Bolt’s vest on display in the permanent exhibition at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne. © 2013 / International Olympic Committee (IOC) / LEUTENEGGER, Catherine. 3) Olympic Games Berlin 1936: Jesse Owens of the USA wins his heat in the men’s 200m. © 1936 / International Olympic Committee (IOC). 4) The running shoes worn by Owens in Berlin, on display in the permanent exhibition at the Olympic Museum. © 2013 / International Olympic Committee (IOC) / LEUTENEGGER, Catherine.
What can I donate to the IOC collections? • • •
Olympic Games London 2012: Chad Le Clos makes a donation to Francis Gabet, Director of the Olympic Museum, Lausanne. © 2012 / International Olympic Committee (IOC) / MARTIN, Greg.
Among the items we value the most are: apparel worn in competition (shirts and vests, shoes, bibs, swimsuits, gloves, helmets etc.); equipment used in events (e.g. racquets, weapons, bicycles etc.); outfits worn at the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games.
Olympic Games London 2012: South Africa’s Chad Le Clos enjoys his semi-final win in the men’s 200m butterfly. © 2012 / International Olympic Committee (IOC) / EVANS, Jason.
• as part of permanent and temporary exhibitions at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne; • in loans to partner museums,