Postcard of opening ceremonyAs war raged throughout Europe, preparations continued for the 1916 Olympic Games in Berlin because no one imagined the hostilities would last so long. And though the Games of the VI Olympiad were cancelled, they retained their place and number in the sequence.
So Antwerp, at the heart of Europe's First World War battleground, became the venue for the VII Olympiad in 1920, and the innovations were of peace and unity. Victor Boin, who had won water polo medals for Belgium in 1908 and 1912, became the first person to swear the new Olympic Oath, and went on to win a silver in fencing.
The OlympicRead More »from Antwerp 1920