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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.

Team USA defeated team Serbia to win its third straight basketball gold medal in Men’s Basketball tournament. The winning team’s coach Mike Krzyzewski was utmost delighted with his team’s victory on the final day of Rio 2016 Olympic Games. USA won by a 19-15 lead and this is their 25th straight victory at the Olympic Games in addition to the 15th straight victory in the basketball tournament. 

Mo Farah of Great Britain has bagged the gold by winning the 5000 meters final and completed the double double. According to media reports, with this victory Farah has become the second man in the history of Olympics to be able to successfully defend his 5000 and 10000 Olympic championships. His victory is being hailed on Twitter with some calling him the greatest long distance runner of all time. Meanwhile, the silver medal has gone to Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo and Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia has bagged the bronze.

In the women's event, Caster Semenya of South Africa won the Olympic gold in the 800m. She won in one minute 55.28 seconds.  Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi won the silver medal and Kenya's Margaret Nyairera Wambui bagged the bronze.

Chen Long of China has taken gold medal in the Rio Olympics 2016 after defeating Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, who has won a silver in men’s badminton today. Lee was facing pressure not to lose the match. He beat Lin Dan of China in the semi-final. Lee and Lin, both are considered to be the best players of their time. With Lee’s defeat, Malaysia has missed out the chance of getting an Olympic gold medal.


Italy came up with a win and is heading to men's volleyball final against Brazil, after defeating USA. The US men's volleyball team tried all their survival skills, but could not stand in front of Italy. The winning team's thriller was 30-28, 26-28, 9-25, 25-22, 15-9. After it was over, US coach John Speraw said that the team was not skilled enough and they did not execute on some of the opportunities, which Italy flawlessly did

French boxer Estelle Mossely celebrated her 24th birthday by winning a gold medal in Women’s lightweight boxing championship. She defeated China’s Yin Junhua after the end of four rounds that had the two defending champions leveled on the scorecards of three judges. The bronze medals were earned by Mira Potkonen of Finland and Anastasia Beliakova of Russia.

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