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1956 Melbourne Summer

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  THE XVIth SUMMER GAMES Torche
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accueil Melbourne was chosen first of all, to honor a country who had been an active participant since 1896 and also to please the countries of the southern hemisphere who had been so far away from the different locations and also because of the season difference so the games took place during southern hemisphere summer.

Dates: November 22 - december 8, 1956
N.O.C. participants: 67
Number of sports: 17
Number of contests: 145
Number of athletes: 3184
Men: 2813
Women: 371
Opening: S.A.R. duc of Edimbourg
Oath: John Landy
Last torch bearer: Ron Clarke
Bids towns: Buenos Aires (ARG), Los Angeles (USA), Détroit (USA), Mexico (MEX), Chicago (USA), Minneapolis (USA), Philadelphie (USA), San Francisco (USA)