World's First Olympic games
Modern Olympic games are quite famous with their logo of five rings representing the five continents and the ceremony of carrying the Olympic torch. The traces of these games go back to Ancient Greece during the 7th century Before Christ.
The ancient Olympic Games were started as a part of religious festival in devotion of Zeus, the father of the Greek gods and goddesses. The festival and the games were held in Olympia, a rural sanctuary site in the western Peloponnesos, a peninsula in southern Greece. The athletes were all male citizens coming from every corner of the Greek world, even as far away as Iberia (Spain) in the west and the Black Sea (Turkey) in the east.
How are the ancient Olympic games started?
The ancient Olympic Games started taking place in the year 776 BC, when Koroibos, a cook from the nearby city of Elis, won the stadion race, a foot race 600 feet long.
The tradition of conducting these games every four years began right from 776 BC, almost 28 centuries back. But for some reason the Greeks stopped holding these games in the year 393 AD, after continuing them for almost 12 centuries. FROM ANCIENT TO MODERN It took another 1500 years for the Olympic games to appear again. The first modern Olympics were held in Athens, Greece, in the year 1896. The man responsible for their rebirth was a French Educator called Baron Pierre de Coubertin, who presented the idea in 1894.
Did you know?
After 8 years, the torch relay was first introduced at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany.