The 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.
|Sr. No||Year||Host City||Country|
|7||1916||Berlin (Cancelled due to World War I)||Germany|
|13||1940||Tokyo/ Helsinki (Cancelled due to World War II)||Japan/ Finland|
|14||1944||London (Cancelled due to World War II)||England|
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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