Ceremony organized by the Embassy of Mexico in Romania to celebrate the participants at the Children’s Painting Festival “A World of Friendship” held in 1968

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The Embassy of Mexico in Romania announces that on 20th of June a ceremony will be held at the headquarters of the Romanian Olympic and Sports Committee to celebrate the Romanian children, nowadays adults, who had participated half a century ago with drawings at the World Children’s Painting Festival “A World of Friendship”, organized within the Cultural Program of the Mexico City 1968 Olympic Games.

The event represents the result of an initiative undertaken by a Mexican civil society organization that seeks to retrieve the authors of the drawings, in order to honour them and acknowledge their contribution to the Olympic Games Cultural Program.

Through the joint effort of the Embassy and the Romanian Ministry of National Education, it was made possible to locate four of the eight Romanian participants, who will be celebrated during a ceremony that will take place on June 20, at the Romanian Olympic Committee, starting with 11:00 hours, in the presence of the media.

In 1968, Mexico City became the first Latin American city ever to host the Olympic Games, one of the most memorable Summer Olympics in history. Among the particular aspects that gave originality to Mexico OG 68, it is worth mentioning the participation of the Mexican athlete Enriqueta Basilio, the first woman in history to light the Olympic cauldron. The Summer Olympics in Mexico also paved the way for the use of technological innovations, being the first Games to use a synthetic surface called “Tartan” in the athletics circuit, and also remaining in the collective imaginary as the first Olympic Games to be televised live in colour across the whole world.

In the event will also take part Romanian athletes, medallists at the Mexico City 1968 Olympic Games.