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You can’t just put a ring on it!

/ / You can’t just put a ring on it!

The Olympic rings, designed by Pierre de Coubertin are the visual ambassador for the games. They made their debut at the Games of the VII Olympiad Antwerp 1920. The Olympic symbol consists of five interlaced (left to right) rings of equal dimensions used alone, in one or in five different colours. When used in its five-colour version, these colours shall be, from left to right, blue, yellow, black, green, and red.

The symbol represents the union of the five continents and the meeting of athletes from throughout the world at the Olympic Games.

This symbol enjoys special protection under the Nairobi Treaty on the Protection of the Olympic Symbol. The states which have signed this treaty are obligated to refuse, invalidate and prohibit registration of this as a mark and its commercial use without the authorization of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

This is a unique IP protection offered to a single symbol or mark, which is governed worldwide by a treaty agreement. India deposited its instrument of ratification for the treaty to WIPO on October 19, 1983.

Below ↓ is the first iteration of the Olympic symbol used in Antwerp in 1920.

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References:

 

https://www.wipo.int/treaties/en/notifications/nairobi/treaty_nairobi_14.html

https://olympics.com/ioc/olympic-rings

https://olympics.com/ioc/faq/olympic-rings-and-other-olympic-marks

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