Sydney, the capital of New South Wales, hosted the XXVII Summer Olympic Games from 15th September to 1st October 2000. The Games, bringing together 10 651 athletes representing 199 nations, were considered “the largest in history”.
13.300 relay runners (including H.S.H. Hereditary Prince Albert) travelled a distance of 27 000 kilometres across Greece, Oceania and Australia to bring the Olympic Flame to the Telstra Stadium. As a symbol of the reconciliation desired between the Aborigines and the descendants of European migrants, the Olympic Flame was lit by the athlete Cathy Freeman.
Presentation of the Monegasque delegation to the press :
1st row – (from left to right) : S. Bertrand (head of mission), G. Bertrand (President of the Monegasque Judo Federation), F. Pasetti, H.S.H. Hereditary Prince Albert, Th. Vatrican, Ms Yvette Lambin-Berti, S. Faure, M. Pietri (judo trainer), J. Bernasconi (President of the Monegasque Taekwondo Federation);
2nd row – J.L. Guédé (physio.) J.L. Lecharpentier (swimming coach), H. Bilon (shooting trainer), S. Maggi (journalist), D. Dupont (guest at the International Youth Camp), D. Ravera (official), F. Battistel (guest at the International Youth Camp).
4 Monegasque athletes took part in these Games:
The Monegasque delegation behind their standard bearer, Thierry Vatrican
- Taekwondo (for the first time in the Olympic programme) : Olivier Bernasconi, in the under 68 kg category, lost in the 2ndround,
- Judo: Thierry Vatrican, in the under 81 kg category, was beaten in the 1st round by the European title holder and future bronze medallist,
- Swimming: Sylvain Faure, second in his series in the 100m breast stroke, broke his own record finishing 51st out of 58 competitors,
- Shooting: Fabienne Pasetti ranked 41st out of 49 in the women’s 10m air rifle event.
Focused on environmental protection, these Games remain “a triumph for solidarity and peace”, as declared by H.E. Samaranch, after applauding South Korea and the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea (North) as they entered the stadium.