1925 Workers' Summer Olympiad

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1925 Workers' Summer Olympiad
1925 Workers' Summer Olympiad poster.jpg
Host city Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Nations participating 11
Athletes participating 3,000
Events 44
Dates July 24, 1925 (1925-07-24)
July 28, 1925 (1925-07-28)
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Organiser Georg Benedix at the opening ceremony of 1925 Workers' Summer Olympiad.

The 1925 Workers' Summer Olympiad was the second edition of International Workers' Olympiads. The games were held from July 24 to July 28 at Frankfurt am Main in Germany.

Total number of participants was more than 100,000 of which 3,000 were actual athletes from 12 countries. The rest were spectators who were invited to take part on mass gymnastics that underlined the ideas of worker sports.[1] Motto of the 1925 Olympiad was "Nie wieder Krieg!" – No More War![2]

The events mostly took place at the newly opened Waldstadion that is today known as Commerzbank-Arena. An outdoor swimming pool, Stadionbad, was built for the swimming competitions.[3] The opening ceremony had a choir of 1,200 people singing and later 60,000 actors took part in the drama presentation "Worker Struggle for the Earth" marching through the streets of Frankfurt.[2][4] All events attracted a total of 450,000 spectators.[5]

The most notable result was a new world record of 51.3 in women's 4×100 metres relay set by the German team of Arbeiter-Turn- und Sportbund (ATSB), although it was never ratified by IAAF.[2][4] Football tournament was also won by the German team of ATSB. The most successful athletes came from Finnish Workers' Sports Federation, winning 31 events out of 44.[2]


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  1. ^ John Nauright & Charles Parrish (ed.): "Sports Around the World – History, Culture and Practice" (p. 462). Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d Dieter Vogel; Michael Friedrich; DKP-Parteivorstand (6 May 2005). "Von der Arbeiter-Olympiade zur Commerz-Arena" (in German). Unsere Zeit. Archived from the original on 13 July 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Historisches Museum Frankfurt Retrieved 10 July 2013. Archived 2013-07-13.
  4. ^ a b David Renton: "The Workers Olympics of the 1920s and 1930s; not subordinating Play to Sport" Retrieved 10 July 2013. Archived 2013-07-13.
  5. ^ AdsD – Archiv der sozialen Demokratie (in German). Retrieved 10 July 2013. Archived 2013-07-13.