Les Inter-Allied Games 1919


These games were the first international inter allied sporting event of the post-war. This sporting event, established in close cooperation with all the military authorities in France, began on June 22nd 1919 at the same period as negotiations over the Treaty of Versailles. These games marked the end of the war and the beginning of peace and were reserved for military of the Allied nations. The initiative of these games came from the YMCA (Young Men's Christian Association), which provided funding for the organization and brought most of the equipment.


With a wide variety of sports, including different forms of military events, these games started in the Regiments by playoffs, and ended in a grand final in Paris. This meeting took place from June 22nd to July 6th, 1919 in several places. The Pershing Stadium, which was built for this event was the site for athletics, boxing, basketball and football. At the end of the competition, the Americans gave the sport facilities to France. A lot of other sports like swimming took place on St. James’ Lake in the Bois de Boulogne, fencing at the Joinville School at Colombes Stadium; rugby at the Auvours’ military camp and shooting at Le Mans. This event was created only for soldiers of the Allied armies, and the final gathered 1,500 athletes of 18 nations at the Pershing stadium with a large audience and competitions widely reported by the media of the time.