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Thursday, 29 July 2021

Olympic Games

 The modern Olympic Games or Olympics (French: Jeux olympiques)  are leading international sporting events featuring summer and winter sports competitions in which thousands of athletes from around the world participate in a variety of competitions. The Olympic Games are considered the world's foremost sports competition with more than 200 nations participating.  The Olympic Games are normally held every four years, alternating between the Summer and Winter Olympics every two years in the four-year period.Their creation was inspired by the ancient Olympic Games (Ancient Greek:  held in Olympia, Greece from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD. Baron Pierre de Coubertin founded the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1894, leading to the first modern Games in Athens in 1896. The IOC is the governing body of the Olympic Movement[definition needed], with the Olympic Charter defining its structure and authority. 



      Ancient Olympics

The Ancient Olympic Games were religious and athletic festivals held every four years at the sanctuary of Zeus in Olympia, Greece. Competition was among representatives of several city-states and kingdoms This cessation of of Ancient Greece. These Games featured mainly athletic but also combat sports such as wrestling and the pankration, horse and chariot racing events. It has been widely written that during the Games, all conflicts among the participating city-states were postponed until the Games were finished. hostilities was known as the Olympic peace or truce.This idea is a modern myth because the Greeks never suspended their wars. The truce did allow those religious pilgrims who were 
travelling to Olympia to pass through warring territories unmolested because they were protected by Zeus.The origin of the Olympics is shrouded in mystery and legend; one of the most popular myths identifies Heracles and his father Zeus as the progenitors of the Games.  According to legend, it was Heracles who first called the Games "Olympic" and established the custom of holding them every four years.The myth continues that after Heracles completed his twelve labours, he built the Olympic Stadium as an honour to Zeus
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