On 23 July 2021, the United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) will release its new “Sport for Peace” stamps and souvenir sheets to mark the start of the 2020 Olympic Games. The 2021 Summer Olympics were postponed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will be held from 23 July to 8 August 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.
The Olympic movement inspires people to contribute to a peaceful future for humankind through the educational values of sport. It brings together athletes from all over the world for the Olympic Games, all of them representing more than 200 nations in the world’s foremost sport competition. One of the objectives of this great international sporting event is to promote peace, respect, mutual understanding, and goodwill – goals it shares with the United Nations.
The UNPA has worked closely with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in issuing these stamps. The aim is to promote the positive influence that sport has on humankind, as we strive for peace and international understanding.
The six stamp sheets feature the Olympic sports of Sailing (US$ 0.55), Baseball (US$ 1.20), Judo (CHF 1,00) Diving (CHF 1,50), Equestrian (€ 0,85) and Golf (€ 1,00).
The three souvenir sheets feature the following text in English, French and German, respectively:
“The United Nations and the International Olympic Committee share the Universal values of respect, solidarity and peace and work through sport to build a more peaceful and better world. Together, they promote the Olympic Truce, in a spirit of global peace, tolerance, and understanding during the Olympic and Paralympic Games”
The stamps and souvenir sheets were designed by Satoshi Hashimoto of Japan.
Date of Issue: 23 July 2021
Illustrator: Satoshi Hashimoto (Japan)
Denominations: US$ 0.55, US$ 1.20, CHF 1,00, CHF 1,50, € 0,85 € 1,00
Stamp size: 35 mm x 35 mm
Sheet size: 196 mm x 127 mm
Souvenir sheet size: 114 mm x 70 mm
Stamp format: Mini-sheets
Stamps per sheet: 8
Printer: Joh. Enschedé Stamps Security Printers B.V. (Netherlands)
Perforation: 13 ¾ x 13 ¾
– US$ 0.55 27,000 sheets (216,000 stamps)
– US$ 1.20 27,000 sheets (216,000 stamps)
– CHF 1,00 25,000 sheets (200,000 stamps)
– CHF 1,50 25,000 sheets (200,000 stamps)
– € 0,85 28,000 sheets (224,000 stamps)
– € 1,00 28,000 sheets (224,000 stamps)
– US$ 1.20 23,000 sheets
– CHF 2,00 24,000 sheets
– € 1,80 26,000 sheets