1968
Mexico City/Tel Aviv
Mexico and Israel

The 19th modern Summer Games were held in Mexico City, Mexico and Tel Aviv, Israel. Mexico declined the invitation to host the Paralympics, due to technical difficulties, and Israel stepped in to host. The 1968 Paralympics saw 750 athletes from 29 countries competing.

Meanwhile, the high altitude in Mexico City saw new world records in short distance events, with poorer performances in endurance races.

The National Archives’ collections on the Games cover participation, government assistance and grants, sporting and cultural aspects, and Rhodesian participation.

11 records available

  • Rhodesia's participation in Games in Mexico City: moves to enforce their exclusion.
    PREM 13/2340
    Rhodesia's participation in Games in Mexico City: moves to enforce their exclusion. PREM 13/2340Preview
  • Government assistance Olympic Games 1968.
    T 227/2414
    Government assistance Olympic Games 1968. T 227/2414Preview
  • Government assistance and grants to competitors, coaches and officials and the British...
    T 227/2838
    Government assistance and grants to competitors, coaches and officials and the British... T 227/2838Preview
  • Travel allowance for UK residents attending the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico.
    T 295/457
    Travel allowance for UK residents attending the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico. T 295/457Preview
  • Rhodesia: Participation in international sporting events, including Olympics.
    FCO 36/317
    Rhodesia: Participation in international sporting events, including Olympics. FCO 36/317Preview
  • Rhodesia: Participation in international sporting events, including Olympics.
    FCO 36/318
    Rhodesia: Participation in international sporting events, including Olympics. FCO 36/318Preview
  • Cultural events for Games: International Fine Arts Festival and David Hockney prints.
    FCO 13/182
    Cultural events for Games: International Fine Arts Festival and David Hockney prints. FCO 13/182Preview
  • Sporting links: attendance by Rhodesian team at Mexico Olympics.
    FCO 25/549
    Sporting links: attendance by Rhodesian team at Mexico Olympics. FCO 25/549Preview
  • South African admission to Olympics.
    FCO 25/719
    South African admission to Olympics. FCO 25/719Preview
  • South African participation in Olympic Games.
    FCO 7/670/1
    South African participation in Olympic Games. FCO 7/670/1 Preview
  • Rhodesian participation in Olympic Games.
    FCO 7/672/1
    Rhodesian participation in Olympic Games. FCO 7/672/1Preview

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