Olympic Games 1960 Rome

17th Olympiad

ITALY

Sports: 19

Discipline: 150

National Teams: 83

Participants: 5,351

Identity Card


  The Olympic Identity Card

At the end of the first half of 1959 the Olympic Identity Card was approved. The first thought of the Organizing Committee was to obtain from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and from the Ministry of the Interior authority for this Olympic document to be considered as a normal passport, as well as a permit for the carrying of arms for sports shooting.

The Olympic Identity Card was printed on " papertex " produced by the Snia-Viscosa Company. The document, consisting of four pages besides that of the cover, contained on the first page the photograph of the bearer, on the second a complete list of personal data while the third and fourth pages contained the validation of the Olympic Committee and of the Authorities of the Country to which the bearer belonged.

In addition, the Identity Cards were enclosed in covers in six different colours, these being handed over at the moment of validation of the Olympic Identity Card. The identity cards were valid from 1st June to 30th September 1960. According to category, all bearers of the Olympic Identity Card, equipped with the special badge handed to them on their arrival at Rome, were entitled to free transport on the various forms of transport placed at their disposal by the Organizing Committee for travelling to stadia and competition, and training grounds. In addition, the Olympic Card allowed bearers free transport on all trams, buses, and trolley-buses of the City network, free entrance to Museums, Art Exhibitions, as mentioned earlier.

The distribution of the Olympic Identity Cards took place in three distinct phases, i.e.: (a) pre-Olympic: preparation; (b) Olympic period: final

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adjustments, validation and release of Olympic Cards with distribution of badges and commemorative medals; (c) post-Olympic period: closing of activities and summing up. The first phase implied particularly delicate work with the dispatch of the Cards to all National Olympic Committees and International Sports Federations. The second period, from 10th August to the end of the Games, was necessarily more complex: the validation of Olympic Cards reached as much as 800 per day, implying continuous work from 8 a.m. to midnight. The third period was devoted to the summing up of distribution to each single country, which gave one the various final totals.
 

DISTRIBUTION OF OLYMPIC CARDS:
 

CATEGORY COLOUR TO WHOM ISSUED CARDS
DISPATCHED
CARDS
VALIDATED
Card A White Members of the I.O.C.
160
155
Card B White International Sports Federations
450
300
Card C White National Olympic Committees
779
432
Card D Blue Judges, Referees, and Timekeepers
1,450
1,243
Card E Pink Journalists, Radio TV, and operators
1,553
1,552
Card F Green Athletes, masseurs, trainers, etc.
8,571
7,755
    TOTALS
12,963
11,417

 (Source Document:  Official Report 1960,  Vol. 1, page 450)


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