The creation of the Olympic Games was inspired by the ancient Olympic Games, which were held in Olympics, Greece from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD.

The international Olympic committee was established in the year 1894. It is the government body of the Olympic movement, with the Olympic charter defining it’s structure and authority.

Historical movements in Olympics Games

The Olympics Games started in Greece around 3,000 years ago and was later revived in the “modern history” during the 1990’s, establishing itself as the biggest stage for athletes from across the globe.

The first Olympic Games took place in 1896 in Athens, and featured 280 participants from 13 nations, competing in 43 events.

Since 1994, Olympic was divided into summer and winter Olympics; held with a gap of 2 years from each other.

The ancient Olympics games were held every four year from August 6 to September 19.

The 1896 games featured the first Olympic marathon, which followed a 25-mile route.

Greece’s Spyridon Louis won the first gold medal in the event.

In 1924, the distance would be standardized to 26 miles and 385 yards.

After the Roman empire conquered Greece in the mid 2nd century BC, the games continues but the quality declined.

IN AD 67, the decadent Emperor Nero entered an Olympic chariot race, only to disgrace himself by declaring himself winner in spite of falling from his chariot during the event.

It was after 1500 years that the games began to be of the same quality as they were before the Romans took over Greece.

Barron Pierre de Coubertin was the primary reason for uplift in the games quality. He was dedicated to physical education and therefore came with the idea of “modern Olympics”.

Modern Olympics

First modern Olympics were held in 1896 under presence 60,000 spectators welcoming 280 participants from 13 nations (all male) competing in 43 events.

The games were stopped during World War I 1916 and 1940-44 World War II.

The official symbol of the games is five interlocking colored rings.

It was after 1924 that Olympics became an international stage for athletes from across the globe, VIII game was the 1924 Olympics held in Paris.

The VIII games saw 3,000 athletes with over 100 women participating from 44 nations. The games also marked the first time that a closing ceremony was organized.

In the very same year, the Winter Olympics debuted, including sports like ice skating, ice hockey etc.

The 2004 Olympics marked the reentry of the games into Athens after almost a century. More than 11,000 athletes from a record 201 counties participated.

The Athens Olympics befittingly saw the combination of historical Olympic with modern Olympic – with the games held at the site of Olympia, wherein the ancient Olympics took place.

Olympics are monitored by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

There are 3 medals to be rewarded for winners in Olympic Games namely 1) Gold 2) Silver and 3) Bronze.

The Olympics 2016 is going to take place in RIO De Janeiro, Brazil.

 

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