Legacy of the Games
At the XXVII Olympiad, North and South Korea marched together under the same flag. Altogether 199 nations participated in the Games, including Eritrea, Micronesia and Palau, which all made their Olympic debuts. In addition to the national teams, four Timorese Individual Olympic Athletes took part. Afghanistan was banned from the competition on account of the Taliban’s oppression of women and its prohibition of sports.
The main 2000 Olympic stadium now hosts concerts and sporting events every year including the annual National Rugby League Grand Final, as well as being the home ground of two National Rugby League teams, the Canterbury Bulldogs and the South Sydney Rabbitohs. The Aquatic centre has now become a public swimming centre. The Olympic site itself has been used for the final race of the V8 Supercars Championship (Sydney 500) since 2009.
The International Olympic Committee awarded Sydney and its inhabitants the “Pierre de Coubertin Trophy” in recognition of the positive attitude shown by the people of Sydney during the event to all the athletes and visitors.