Amsterdam Olympic Stadium rings returned

1st January 2012, Comments 0 comments

The five Olympic rings stolen from Amsterdam’s Olympic Stadium a week ago have been returned.

The theft has been claimed by Frisian activists, who say it was intended as a playful statement to demand the 2028 Olympics be held in Friesland. The New Year's Eve group De Geitefok says the Amsterdam stadium, built in the late 1920s, will be too old to host the event. The rings hang above the stadium’s entrance.

On previous occasions the group made off with a seal sculpture from a sanctuary 2005, a striking sculpture along the A7 motorway 2003, a bronze sculpture of former football coach Rinus Michels 2002 and a sculpture in the northeast of the country 1992.

The New Year’s prank is part of a decades-old custom of stealing public objects in December and returningt hem in January. cl

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