The Olympic Games
The pinnacle for most sports in the world is considered to be the Olympic Games. Originating in Olympia in Greece, the Olympic Games were revived in later 19th century. Since then, the Games have evolved into a major international event conduced every four years.
The modern Olympic Games have incorporated several changes throughout the course of the Games, history. The difficulty of conducting ice and winter sports during summer led to the Winter Olympics being established. The first Winter Olympics were conducted in France in the year 1924. In 1960, a parallel Olympics, or Paralympics was introduced to encourage disabled persons through the avenue of sports. The Youth Olympic Games are a relatively new format, with the first Youth Olympic Games being held in Singapore in 2010. The Youth Olympics are aimed at athletes aged 14 to 18.
The governing body of the Olympic Games is the International Olympic Committee (IOC) , founded by Baron Pierre de Coubertin in 1894. The Olympics presently comprise 35 sports and 400 events. The first, second and third place finishers receive the gold, silver and bronze medals respectively. Each Olympics has spectacular opening and closing ceremonies. The host nation is chosen by the IOC seven years ahead of the actual event. The Olympic motto is Citius, Altius, Fortius, which means ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger’. Five intertwined rings of the colours blue, yellos, black, green and red, are the official Olympic symbol. Another characteristic of the Games is the Olympic flame which is lit in Olympia and carried to the venue through a torch relay that goes on for months before the event beings.
The Olympic Games have no achieved tremendous significance in the field of sports. This is because they provide an international platform for athletes to compete and represent their country. Therefore, winning an Olympic medal is a matter of national pride and honour.
The Olympic Games are a wonderful medium that not only showcase talent, hard work and determination but also provide an opportunity for the nations of the world to come together on one stage.