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Modern Olympics

When the first Modern Olympic Games was held on April 6, 1896 in Athens (Greece), no one knew that it's legacy would continue for so many centuries to come. It was kind of a resurrection for this game ever since it was banned by Roman Emperor Theodosius in 393 AD.

Let's have a look at the growth of Modern Olympics as a popular international sporting event.

Modern Olympics History

While the history of Modern Olympics is just over 200 years old, the ancient Summer Games date back to 776 BC when Hercules, the son of Zeus, founded it. The first recorded Summer Games was held in 776 BC. Like Modern Olympics, the ancient Summer Games used to be held every four years. Almost 13 centuries after the summer games was banned by the Roman emperor Theodosius I, several small-scale sporting events started to happen.

Modern Olympic Games Timeline

  • In the mid-nineteenth century, the ruins of ancient Olympia were excavated by German archeologists . With this incident, the interest in reviving the Olympics as an international event grew. At the same time,
  • Baron Pierre de Coubertin, a French educationist came up with a theory that the reason behind the French defeat in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870 was the lack of proper physical education among French people.
  • His research led him to conclude that revival of the Summer Games can bring nations closer and make a peaceful world.
  • In 1890, he founded Union des Sociétés Francaises de Sports Athlétiques (USFSA).
  • On November 25, 1892, he floated the idea of reviving the Summer Games at a meeting of the USFSA in Paris.
  • In June 1894, Coubertin hosted a conference in Paris with 79 delegates from nine countries.
  • Coubertin raised the issue of reviving the Summer Games.
  • The delegates at the conference voted unanimously in favor of the Summer Games .
  • Athens, the birthplace of the ancient Summer Games, was chosen as the host of the first Modern Olympics.
  • The International Olympic Committee (IOC) was set up to organize the Games.
Modern Olympics Event

  • On April 6, 1896, the Modern Olympics was reborn in Athens.
  • It opened to a crowd of 60,000 spectators welcoming athletes from 13 nations.
  • Greece proposed to have a monopoly on hosting the Summer Games as it was in the past.
  • The IOC decided to move the event to other countries around the world.
  • The second Modern Summer Olympics was held in Paris, France
First Modern Olympics Events

  • This 10-day-long sporting event in Athens took place from April 6 to 15.
  • The athletes took part in following events: athletics, cycling, fencing, gymnastics, shooting, swimming, tennis, weightlifting, and wrestling
  • The US and Greece earned better than other 11 nations: While the US bagged 11 gold, seven silver, and two bronze medals, Greece earned 10 gold, 17 silver, and 19 bronze.