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Games of the XXVII Olympiad
Host city Sydney, Australia
Nations participating 199
Athletes participating 10,651
(6,582 men, 4,069 women)
Events 300 in 28 sports
Opening ceremony September 15
Closing ceremony October 1
Officially opened by Governor-General
Sir William Deane
Athlete's Oath Rechelle Hawkes
Judge's Oath Peter Kerr
Olympic Torch Cathy Freeman
Stadium Stadium Australia
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The 2000 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony at Stadium Australia, on 15 September 2000.

The 2000 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXVII Olympiad, took place in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia from September 15 2000 until October 1 2000.

2000 Summer Olympic games countries
A map showing the countries that competed in the 2000 Olympics.

199 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) were in the Sydney Games. Four were in the Olympics for the first time. These were Timor-Leste, Eritrea, Micronesia and Palau.

Returned medals

Marion Jones, winner of three gold and two bronze medals for the United States, gave back her medals in October 2007. She said she took tetrahydrogestrinone (THG), a drug that could make her run faster, from September 2000 through July 2001.

On 2 August 2008, the International Olympic Committee took the gold medal from the U.S. men's 4x400-meter relay team. Antonio Pettigrew said he used a banned substance. Besides Pettigrew other athletes used performance-enhancing drugs. These are twins Alvin and Calvin Harrison, and Jerome Young.

On 28 April 2010, the IOC took China's bronze medal from Gymnastics. This was for using an underage gymnast.


Sydney Olympic Park

Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre
Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre
Sydney Olympic Park Hockey Centre
State Hockey Centre
  • Olympic Stadium: Ceremonies (opening/closing), Athletics, Football (final)
  • Sydney International Aquatic Centre: Diving, Modern Pentathlon (swimming) Swimming, Synchronised Swimming, Water Polo (medal events)
  • State Sports Centre: Table Tennis, Taekwondo
  • NSW Tennis Centre: Tennis
  • State Hockey Centre: Field Hockey
  • The Dome and Exhibition Complex: Badminton, Basketball, Gymnastics (rhythmic), Handball (final), Modern Pentathlon (fencing, shooting), Volleyball (indoor)
  • Sydney SuperDome: Gymnastics (artistic, trampoline), Basketball (final)
  • Sydney Baseball Stadium: Baseball, Modern Pentathlon (riding, running)
  • Sydney International Archery Park: Archery


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Dunc Gray Velodrome
  • Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre: Boxing, Fencing, Judo, Weightlifting, Wrestling
  • Sydney Entertainment Centre: Volleyball (indoor final)
  • Dunc Gray Velodrome: Cycling (track)
  • Sydney International Shooting Centre: Shooting
  • Sydney International Equestrian Centre: Equestrian
  • Sydney International Regatta Centre: Rowing, Canoeing (sprint)
  • Blacktown Olympic Centre: Baseball, Softball
  • Fairfield City Farm: Cycling (mountain biking)
  • Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre: Water Polo
  • Penrith Whitewater Stadium: Canoeing (slalom)
  • Bondi Beach: Volleyball (beach)
  • Sydney Football Stadium: Football
  • Olympic Sailing Shore Base: Sailing
  • Centennial Parklands: Cycling (road)
  • Marathon course: Athletics (marathon)
  • North Sydney: Athletics (marathon start)
  • Sydney Opera House: Triathlon

Outside Sydney

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