It was the 26 August 1972. I still remember at a distance of thirty-seven years: I was watching the TV in Manfredonia. At the XX Olympic Games in Munich, the fifth country began at the opening ceremony, according to the German alphabetical order with traditional precedence to the Greeks: "Griechenland", "Ägypten", "Äthiopien", "Afghanistan". It was the "Albanien".Only a very few States, which had financial resources to subscribe to any television agreement, preferred to avoid agreeing with the Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games and with the "Transtel-Deutsche Gesellschaft für Fernsehtranskription mbH" of Cologne, and not to broadcast the great sporting event: Albania, Bermuda, Paraguay, Samoa, Syria and Yemen. Of these six, only Samoa and Yemen would not have taken part in the Olympics, while the Albanians preferred not to spend a lek, since at the time of the RAI broadcasts, live or delayed, the state television of Tirana connected its own repeaters with Rome, satisfying the tens of thousands of schipetary sportsmen. These were the years when Fadil Paçrami (Minister of Culture and the Arts, and secretary of the Party Committee of Tirana) and Todi Lubonja (director of the Albanian Radio-Television) tried to westernize and "sanitize" the Land of Eagles.
But back to the Olympics. At the opening ceremony Albania paraded with seven people: the "Flamurtarja" in national costume and followed by Ymer Pampuri (that during the Olympics will become world champion in the category of featherweight of the Weightlifting, specialty "détente", also establishing the Olympic record with 127,5 kg. ), and then - in alphabetical order - Beqir Kosova (66 ° in the small caliber Rifle at 50 m. with 587 / 600 p.), Fatos Pilkati (24 ° in the Free Gun at 50 m. with 546 / 600 p.), Ismail Rama (22 ° in the Cpc 50 m. With 594 / 600 p.), The judge Zyhdi Mazreku and a government guide whose name I do not know.
The day after the inauguration, at the Hochbrück shooting range (near Munich), 59 athletes for the free pistol went to 50 m., Representing Albania (2), Austria (2), Belgium (1) , Belize (1), Bolivia (1), Brazil (2), Bulgaria (2), Canada (2), Colombia (2), Czechoslovakia (2), Cuba (1), Philippines (2), Finland (2) , France (2), Democratic Germany (East, 1), Federal Germany (West, 2), Japan (2), Great Britain (2), Greece (1), Yugoslavia (1), Kenya (2), Mexico ( 1), Mongolia (2), Norway (1), Poland (2), Portugal (1), Puerto Rico (2), Romania (1), Spain (1), United States of America (2), Sweden ( 2), Thailand (2), US Virgin Islands (1), Rep. Of Vietnam (South, 2), Hungary (2) and Soviet Union (2).
The exceptional thing to note is that there was only one woman, chosen by the "International Shooting Sport Federation" (the world-wide Shooting Body). She had highlighted herself for her national and international successes, and this was the "Flamurtarja" Afërdita Tusha, who took part in a beautiful competition won by the Swedish 38enne Ragnar Skanåker that with 567 / 600 p. also caught the Olympic record. Afërdita in the second battery (six overall) was third with 94 points on 100, two points from the first !!! For that year Afërdita Tusha turned out to be the first woman in the world in that specialty. It announced the incredible claims, at world, European and Balkan level, of Albanian women, that the story of shooting has established they shoot better than men. So: be careful!
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