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The Olympic Games is a sporting event held every four years. Athletes who compete in various disciplines win gold, silver, and bronze medals. Every athlete finds this event as the best opportunity to become the greatest sportsman in the world. This event was revived in the late 19th century after it originated in Greece. In the 1980s, many professional athletes were allowed to compete in this event. The Olympic Games are currently regarded as the foremost sports events in the world.
Status and Competition
At the 776 BC meeting, there was only one event; the footrace. At Olympia, athletes covered one length of a track in this event. Over the ensuing decade, other sports disciplines were introduced as Olympic events. You can discover sports that were included, such as the following:
- Long Jump
- Discus Throw
- Javelin Throw
Women and the Olympic Events
The ancient Olympics had no women participating in these events. However, several women appeared in a list of Olympic officials. In Sparta, women and young girls practised and competed in local events. The author Pausanias stated that women were not allowed to participate at Olympia. He even remarked that women who would compete in any game would be sentenced to death. Later, unmarried women were allowed to be spectators at Olympic events.
In 1894, there was a congress held in Paris. The development and control of the modern Olympics were entrusted to the IOC (International Olympic Committee). Pierre de Coubertin moved the Olympic headquarters to Lausanne, Switzerland. The Olympic committee has remained in Switzerland to date.
Many great athletes have won gold, silver and bronze medals among other prizes. They have become the greatest athletes in the entire world. In recent years, we have seen top athletes, such as the following:
- Michael Phelps
- Eliud Kipchoge
- Usain Bolt
- Venus Williams