1968 Summer Olympics

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Games of the XIX Olympiad
1968 Mexico emblem.svg
Emblem of the 1968 Summer Olympics
Host cityMexico City, Mexico
Nations112
Athletes5,516 (4,735 men, 781 women)
Events172 in 18 sports (24 disciplines)
Opening12 October
Closing27 October
Opened by
Cauldron
StadiumEstadio Olímpico Universitario
Summer
Tokyo 1964 Munich 1972
Winter
Grenoble 1968 Sapporo 1972

The 1968 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XIX Olympiad, were held in Mexico City in 1968. Mexico City beat out bids from Detroit, Buenos Aires and Lyon to host the Games in 1963. The Games were preceded by the Tlatelolco massacre, in which hundreds of students were killed by security forces ten days before the opening day. It is the only Games ever held in Latin America, and it was the second ever outside of Western Europe, Australia, or the USA.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Factsheet - Opening Ceremony of the Games of the Olympiad" (PDF) (Press release). International Olympic Committee. 9 October 2014. Archived (PDF) from the original on 14 August 2016. Retrieved 22 December 2018.