Antwerp is awarded the Games in memory of victims of World War I. The 1916 Olympic Games were scheduled to be held in Berlin but were cancelled due to World War I. The 1920 Games were awarded to Antwerp to honor the suffering that had been inflicted on the Belgian people during the war.
During the Opening Ceremony, the Olympic flag was raised for the first time, with the five rings signifying the universality of the Olympic Games. The Olympic oath was taken for the first time by competitors, and for the first time doves were released as a symbol of peace.