|Face value||CHF 1.70|
|Face value||CHF 2.80|
After 56 years, the Summer Olympics are returning to the Japanese city of Tokyo. From 24 July to 9 August 2020, at least 206 nations will compete with over 11,000 athletes in a total of 33 Olympic sports and 50 disciplines. To this end, the old Olympic Stadium dating from 1964 was demolished and replaced by a new building costing around 1.1 billion euros. The building, which will be used for the opening and closing ceremonies as well as for athletics and football, holds 68,000 spectators. As always, Philately Liechtenstein commissioned an artist from the host country to design Liechtenstein's Olympic stamps. Keiko Yamano painted the two motifs "Synchronised Swimming" (face value: CHF 1.70) and "Judo" (face value: CHF 2.80) in acrylic. The artist worked as a university lecturer for linguistics in Japan until 2000. Faced with her own mortality due to a blow to her health led her to painting. She produces most of her works in oil using traditional Japanese colours, but she also masters the art of calligraphy. She mainly shows her works at exhibitions in her home city of Tokyo.
Due to the corona crisis, the Summer Olympics, which would have been held in Tokyo from 24 July to 9 August 2020, have been postponed for one year and will now take place from 23 July to 8 August 2021 under the title "Tokyo 2020" – something that has never happened before in the long history of the Olympic Games. Since this decision was taken only after all our products had gone to press, we are unfortunately no longer able to stop issuing stamps for the 2020 Summer Olympics. This means that the stamps will nevertheless be issued on 2 June 2020 as announced.
For this reason, you will be holding stamps that are quite rare in your hands on 2 June 2020. Stamps in your collection with the date on which the Olympic Games never took place will always remind you later of the memorable year 2020, when a worldwide pandemic went down in history.