The 1920 Antwerp Olympics

  • Luke J. Harris


The seventh Olympic Games took place in Antwerp, Belgium between April and September 1920. Despite the impact of the war, the Games were expanded from Stockholm eight years before, with 29 nations competing, five of whom did so for the first time (Brazil, Monaco, New Zealand, Portugal and Estonia). As the British press feared, throughout 1919, Antwerp was not completely ready for the festival. Allen Guttmann states, ‘the facilities were far from ideal. The stadium was unfinished. The track was poorly built and heavy rains made it worse. The Belgian public took little notice of the games.’1 Despite this, the Games were a relative success.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luke J. Harris
    • 1
  1. 1.Canterbury Christ Church UniversityUK

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