26 Jul 2017
Barcelona ’92 – Olympic Commemoration
25 Years of Memories (1992-2017)
On 25 July 1992, against a backdrop of local and global expectation, the Barcelona Olympic Games were inaugurated and on 3 September 1992, the Paralympic Games followed suit. In 2017, we celebrate the 25th anniversary of those Games, which are universally considered as one of the turning points in Barcelona taking a forward-looking and global-orientated path.
The celebration of the 25th anniversary of the 1992 Olympic Games represents the perfect opportunity to restore the values linked to sports and the Olympic Games such as solidarity and peace, respect for others, an effort-based culture, the pursuit of excellence and fair play. Restoring these values must serve to promote more participative and committed attitudes amongst citizens to the development of society as a whole.
In 1992, Barcelona and its citizens witnessed one of the most significant and transformational chapters in the city’s contemporary history. The dynamism and momentum of the time have left a legacy encompassing both tangible assets and many other intangible assets. To name just a few, the urban transformation of the city, the installation of first-rate neighbourhood and municipal sports facilities, the contribution to greater participation in sports amongst residents, the keen sense of belonging to a city and a project and the cohesion and excitement generated by experiencing and participating in such a unique event.
Avant Grup, through its company BARDET Coaches, collaborated very intensely in the logistics of the torch relays throughout the Spanish territory, including the Balearic and Canary Islands.
The Barcelona’92 Olympic Torch followed a route that emulated Catalonia’s Greek history. In keeping with tradition, it left Olympia on 5 June 1992 for Empúries, the first Greek colony on the Iberian Peninsula, located near the municipality of L’Escala in Costa Brava.
From Empúries, the Torch began its journey across Spain, first westwards via the northern part of the country towards Galicia, then southwards to Madrid and Extremadura. After reaching the south of Spain, it followed the Mediterranean coast of Andalusia, Murcia and Valencia before finally arriving in Barcelona.
The technical team in charge of Torch logistics gradually increased in number to 170 people at the time of the relay.
The relay route was 5,940km long, which had to be completed in 43 days. It went through 652 towns and cities and did not take in any motorways.
At the same time, were held The Barcelona’92 IX Paralympic Games. Were a great project with repercussions in the world of sport but also in a wider context. The urban redevelopment work carried out in connection with the Olympic Games was undertaken with the necessary adaptations in mind. The integration of the Games in the same organising committee and the definition of the Paralympic Games as a top-level sports competition aimed at a varied public set the tone for the Barcelona’92 IX Paralympic Games.