The History of Olympic games

The History of Olympic games

An exciting tradition blending sport and culture, the formative years of the Olympics dates back to over a thousand years. The early festivals conducted by the Ancient Greeks still form the core of the ethos of the Olympic Games.

To put it straight, the spirit of Ancient Greece can be viewed in the light of the Olympics.

The pioneering evidence in the Olympic games dates back to the 776BC, where Greeks measured time duration in Olympiads.

The first game was initiated in honour of the name of Zeus. With that begun, a plethora of artistic activities took place in the Delphic games, including music, poetry, and theatre.

A significant setback for the games occurred in 393 AD, when the Roman Emperor Theodosius I banned the game, saying that the Olympics encouraged paganism. They were not revived until modern times.


Revival in Paris

Initiative after the initiative was taken and attempted till the end of the 19th Century, but lack of coordination made things difficult across worldwide sporting movements. It was not until one man took the initiative to bring all significant movements under one umbrella in Paris.

The revival thus happened at the first Olympic Congress organised by Baron Pierre de Coubertin. The splendid landmark so occurred in the Grand Amphitheatre at the Sorbonne University.

Two thousand participants attended with 58 French delegates who represented 24 sports organisations and clubs, another 20 delegates from Belgium, Great Britain, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Russia, Sweden, and the US, who represented 13 overseas sports federation.

Revival in Paris

The Modern Olympics

By 23rd June, the Olympian Games were revived with the formation of the International Olympic Committee. De Coubertin initially planned to hold the Games at France, but the representatives took a different stand on holding the meet at Greece, the place of its origin.

After that, 13 countries competed in the First Modern Olympic Games at Athens in 1896. They were featuring nine sports: cycling, gymnastics, fencing, shooting, weight lifting, track and field, swimming, wrestling, lawn tennis.

The success of the Games in Greece took it to the second site in France. The Games were held in 1900 and 1904; by this time, the gamers participating multiplied exponentially from the Athens count, from a meagre 311 to a whopping 2082.

Beginning in 1924, the Winter Games began to feature the cold-weather sports. Though the Olympics is featured in two, the Summer Olympics remains the mainstay. Among the standard events are basketball, volleyball, water polo, field hockey, gymnastics, rowing, shooting, soccer, swimming, wrestling, and many more.

Each Olympic game saw the addition of new games. This, in fact, added to the splendour and excitement of the Olympic tale. The governing board looking into the matter is the International Olympic Committee, with its headquarters at Lausanne, Switzerland.

Marian M Keasler

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