On the 1 September 2000 the Italian Post Office issued two stamps to celebrate the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. (Giochi Olimpci Sydney 2000) The 800 Lire stamp (Euro 0.41) stamp showed a modern athlete with Stadium Australia in the background. The 1000 Lire (Euro 0.52) stamp showed a discus thrower with the Sydney Opera House in the background.
The Discobolus or “discus thrower” is one of the most iconic artworks of classical antiquity. Originally sculpted in bronze by an Athenian man called Myron (born in the fortress-city of Eleutherae in the 5th century BC), the statue has gained fame largely through its many bronze and marble copies made by the Romans. The sculpture was well-known in the ancient world and was one of the statutes shown on the Italian issue for the 1960 Rome Olympics.
The stamp Pack included the two stamps with two similar image maximum cards along with a maximum card of the olympic rings and a FDC.
The olymphilex 2000 was held from 15th to the 28th September. There was a new postmark showing the Opera House. The FDI Postmark showed the Opera House, athlete and rings.