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Small State Games: San Marino 2001

The IXth Small States Games shall take place (or already took place - I do not have the dates) in 2001.
Since San Marino does not miss any opportunity to release post stamps, this sport event was celebrated by the release of a leaf of nine stamps. The top and bottom of the leaf are decorated with the arms of San Marino and a logo which could be the one of San Marino National Olympic Committee (the black-and-white image in my stamp catalogue is too small to see anything but the Olympic rings).

The vertical margins of the leaf are decorated with the flags of the participating nations, which are weirdly represented as pennants. In the left margin, from top to bottom, are shown:

In the right margin, from top to bottom, are shown:

Since this is only a circumstancial report of very restricted interest, I do not think it is necessary to draw these pennants.

[Note that some of these 'small states' already won medals in regular Olympics. I can remember Josy Bartels winning 5,000 m and/or 10,000 m in athletics in 1952 or 1956 for Luxembourg, a judoka winning a bronze medal in 1984 for Iceland, not to mention the medals won in Winter Olympics by the Wenzel family for Liechtenstein and Marc Girardelli for Luxembourg.]

Ivan Sache, August 25, 2001.