Basic Facts About Olympic Games
Post on 22,July 2012   8:18 PM
By - Mr. Om Singh
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History: The history of Olympic Games is about 28 hundred years old. The games were held for the first time by the Greeks in 776 BC on Mount Olympus, in honour of the Greek god, Zeus. These games continued to be held every four years until 394 AD, When they were stopped by a royal order of the emperor of Rome. These games were revived in 1894 by the efforts of French Baron Pierre de Coubertin and the first Olympic meet in the modern times was held in 1896 in Athens, the capital of Greece.

Separate winter Olympics games began in 1924. Participation women were first time observed in 1912.

Olympic Flag: The Olympic flag was created in 1913 at the suggestion of Boron Pierre de Coubertin. It was solemnly inaugurated in Paris in June 1914, but it was raised over an Olympic stadium for the first time at the Antwerp games in 1920. There is also a second Olympic flag which used for the winter games. The flags are made up of white silk and contain five intertwined rings as the Olympic emblem. From left to right the rings are Blue, Yellow, Black, Green and Red. The rings represent the five continents as below.

  • Europe - Blue
  • Asia- Yellow
  • Africa-Black
  • America- Red
  • Australia- Green

The flag is 3m long and 2m wide. The emblem placed in centre in 2.06m by 60cm.

Olympic Motto: Citus, Altius, Fortius is the Latin motto meaning Swifter, Higher and Stronger composed by father Didon in 1897. It was introduced as Olympic motto in 1920 for the first time at the VII Olympic Games held at Antwerp in Belgium.

Olympic Flame: It was the Amsterdam Games in 1928 that for the first time Olympic flame was ceremonially lighted and burned in a giant torch at entrance of the stadium. The modern version of flame was adopted in 1936 at the Berlin Games. The Olympic flame symbolizes the continuity between the ancient and modern games. The torch used to kindle the flame, is first lit by the sun's rays at Olympia, Greece and then carried to the site of Games by relay of runners. Ships and planes are used when necessary.

Olympic Medals: Olympic champions are rewarded with medals and certificates. The winning athlete or sports persons receives gold medals is 60mm in diameter and 3mm thick and is made of 92.5 per cent sliver plated with 6 gm of gold. The second winning athlete or sports person is awarded a silver medal which is also 60 mm in diameter and 3 mm thick and is made up of 92.5 per cent silver. The third winning athlete receives a bronze medal


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