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New stamp issue marks Beijing Olympics

A three-stamp set commemorating the Beijing Olympics will be issued by the Philatelic Bureau of MaltaPost today.

The stamps, which have been designed by Darren Duncan, have face values respectively of €0.05/2c, € 0.12/5c and €1.57/67c.

The stamps are 44.0mm x 31.0mm in size, with a perforation of 13.9 x 14.0 (comb). The stamps have been offset printed by Printex Limited on Maltese Crosses watermarked paper, and will be available in sheets of 10.

Sixteen days of intense competition will follow the grand opening of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 8, as 10,700 elite athletes from around the world compete for the 302 gold medals on offer in 28 different sports.

The events will be held in a total of 37 venues, of which 31 are competition venues in Beijing. One World One Dream has been selected as the slogan for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, reflecting the essence and the universal values of the Olympic spirit: Unity,

Friendship, Progress, Harmony, Participation and Dream. It expresses the common wishes of people everywhere, inspired by the Olympic ideals, to strive for a bright future for mankind.
Team Malta members at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games are expected to participate in athletics, judo, shooting and swimming. The Games, ending on August 24, will be followed by the XIII Paralympic Games to be held at the same Olympic venues, between September 6 and 17.

This Olympics set is available in First Day Cover format, mint or cancelled, and as a Souvenir Folder and Presentation Pack.

The stamps can be obtained from all MaltaPost branches in Malta and Gozo, from the MaltaPost Mobile Unit, and from the Philatelic Bureau at 305, Triq ─Žal Qormi, Marsa ( tel. 2596 1720, e-mail philately@maltapost.com ). Additional information on this and past and forthcoming issues is available on www.maltapost.com.

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