The Olympic Athlete's OathFirst sworn by the Belgian athlete Victor Boin at the 1920 Games of the 7th Olympiad in Antwerp, Belgium. The athlete swear on the Olympic Flag,
To reflect the changing nature of the sporting competition, the oath has been modified and the current version was introduced in 1999. It is:
"In the name of all competitors I promise that we shall take part in these Olympic Games, respecting and abiding by the rules which govern them, committing ourselves to a sport without doping and without drugs, in the true spirit of sportsmanship, for the glory of sport and the honour of our teams."
|ATHLETES WHO HAVE SWORN THE OLYMPIC OATH|
|Los Angeles||1932||George Calnan||Fencing|
|Helsinki||1952||Heikki Savolainen||Artistic Gymnastics|
|Tokyo||1964||Takashi Ono||Artistic Gymnastics|
|Mexico City||1968||Pablo Lugo Garrido||Athletics|
|Moscow||1980||Nikolay Andrianov||Artistic Gymnastics|
|Los Angeles||1984||Edwin Moses||Athletics|
|Seoul||1988||Hah Jae and Son Mi Na||Basketball & Handball|
|Barcelona||1992||Luis Doreste Blanco||Sailing|
|Beijing||2008||Zhang Yiningi||Table Tennis|
A marathon runner from the Philippines has earned ticket to Rio Olympics in August this year. Mary Joy Tabal qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics by beating the Olympic qualifying time in the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon in Canada last Sunday. She reportedly surpassed the Olympic qualifying time (2:45:00) for the women’s marathon with the time of 2 hours 43 minutes and 29 seconds.
Athletes from Northern Ireland, who are set to compete in Rio Olympics, have said that concerns over the Zika virus will not prevent them from flying to Brazil. Ryan Seaton (28), a sailor from Carrick; Ciara Mageean (24), a runner from Portaferry, and Aileen Reid (33), a triathlete from Londonderry said that they are well informed about Zika virus and they have taken full precautions to stay safe. All of them are making preparations for the Summer Games.
Heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson qualified for the Rio Olympics after finishing with 6,304 points at the Hypo-Meeting in Austria. Katarina wanted 6,200 points to qualify for Rio Olympics. The 23-year-old British track and field athlete was the champion in 2014. This would be her second participation in Summer Olympics.
Tennis player Novak Djokovic said that cancelling the Rio Olympics "is unthinkable" and he is still preparing to compete at the 2016 Summer Games, despite concerns over Zika virus. Currently the World No.1 tennis player, the Serbian star said that the people should not only be concerned about players going to Rio for the Olympics, but also Brazilians living there. Earlier, the World Health Organization rejected a call from 150 health experts to relocate or postpone the Aug 5-21 Olympics.
Around 150 health experts, including a former White House science adviser, urged the World Health Organization on Friday to consider postponing or moving Rio Olympics because of the Zika outbreak. The experts issued an open letter to the U.N. health agency, citing recent scientific evidence of the devastating impact of Zika virus.