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OlympicsThe Olympics originated in ancient Greece over 3,000 years ago. The Modern Olympics were revived in the late 19th century and have become one of the world’s top-tier sporting competitions. The goal of the Olympic Movement is to contribute to building a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport practised without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit. And, this certainly requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play. The opening ceremonies of the Olympics are a pretty big deal nowadays. Prior to each game, the Olympic Torch or Flame is lit in Olympia, Greece and brought to the host city by runners carrying the torch in relay.

The Modern Olympics is the primary international sporting event attributing summer and winter games. Thousands of athletes from around the globe participate in an array of competitions in the elite Games. The Olympic Games is known to be the world’s foremost sports competition with participation of over 200 nations. The Olympics is held every four years, with the Summer and Winter Games alternating by occurring every four years but two years apart.

The Olympics plays an imperative part not only in enhancing the sport ethnicity but also in the cultural life of the global community as a whole. The Olympics involves nations from all over the world. And this fact is also seen in the Olympic rings – five entwined rings that embody the unanimity of the five inhabited continents i.e. Africa, America, Asia, Australia and Europe. Over the years the Games has grown so much that nearly every nation is now participating in it as opposed to only 14 participating countries in 1896 when the Olympics commenced.

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Host cities for Summer Olymipic Games

Sr. No Year Host City Country
1 1896 Athens Greece
2 1900 Paris France
3 1904 St. Louis USA
4 1906 Athens Greece
5 1908 London England
6 1912 Stockholm Sweden
7 1916 Berlin (Cancelled due to World War I) Germany
8 1920 Antwerp Belgium
9 1924 Paris France
10 1928 Amsterdam

Holland

11 1932 Los Angeles USA
12 1936 Berlin Germany
13 1940 Tokyo/ Helsinki (Cancelled due to World War II) Japan/ Finland
14 1944 London (Cancelled due to World War II) England
15 1948 London England
16 1952 Helsinki Finland
17 1956 Melbourne Australia
18 1960 Rome Italy
19 1964 Tokyo Japan
20 1968 Mexico City Mexico
21 1972 Munich Germany
22 1976 Montreal Canada
23 1980 Moscow USSR
24 1984 Los Angeles USA
25 1988 Seoul South Korea
26 1992 Barcelona Spain
27 1996 Atlanta USA
28 2000 Sydney Australia
29 2004 Athens Greece
30 2008 Beijing China
31 2012 London England
32 2016 Rio Brazil
33 2020 Tokyo Japan

India at Olympics 2016

In 2016, India sent its cosmic Olympic cohorts to Rio de Janeiro with 121 athletes to see how the wind blows in Brazil. PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik & Dipa Karmakar became demi-goddesses at the Rio Olympics, as India accomplished its campaign with some wonderful memories.

Sindhu, at 21, became the youngest to be victorious, achieving an Olympic medal, a silver which was never won in badminton; and Sakshi’s bronze was also the novelty for women’s wrestling. Dipa, India’s first female gymnast, went on to miss a bronze by 0.15 points but her clean finish with the perilous Produnova move won the hearts of a nation.

Defying all odds and showing killer inclination, these amazing ladies saved the country’s pride from returning down-and-out for the first time since Barcelona 1992.

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