The Olympic Games are an international sports event conducted every 4 years. The ultimate aims are to promote human beings via sport and to lead the world to peace. Summer and winter games are conducted individually.
The commemorative XXX Olympic Games were held in London in 2012, with participants from 204 nations and territories competing in 26 sports and 302 individual events.
History of Olympic Games
The Olympics have a long and successful history that dates back more than 2,300 years. Their origins may be traced back to the ancient Greek Olympian Games, which were staged at Olympia. The Games are supposed to have begun as a celebration of art and sport to honor the God, despite the fact that there are some ideas about its origins. The ancient Olympic Games, on the other hand, came to an end in 393 as a result of battles occurring in the region where they were conducted.
Olympic Games in the Modern Era
The ancient Olympic Games were revived in the late nineteenth century, after a 1,500-year gap, largely to the initiatives of French professor Baron Pierre de Coubertin. The International Congress in Paris overwhelmingly supported his plan to resurrect the Olympic Games in 1894, and the first Olympic Games were organized two years later in Athens, Greece. He also created the five-ring logo that most people recognize as the Games’ emblem, which reflects the 5 continents’ solidarity.
Japan hosting Olympic Games
Jigoro Kano, the head of the Tokyo Higher Normal School and a contributor to the spread of judo, is regarded as the “Father of the Olympic Movement” in Japan (the present day University of Tsukuba). In 1909, he was selected to the International Olympic Committee for the first time as an Asian, and he founded the Japan Amateur Athletic Association (today’s Japan Sports Association) to ensure Japanese athletes’ involvement in the Olympics. The first Olympic athletes were picked in 1911, when Yahiko Mishima, a track athlete, and Shiso Kanaguri, a marathon runner, were selected to lead Japan. For the first time, Japanese athletes competed in the Olympic Games (the V Olympic Games).
The elevation of the mind and soul, trying to overcome discrepancy among cultures and nationalities, acknowledging friendly relationship, a sense of unity, and fair play; eventually leading toward participation to global peace and the improvement of the world, is Olympism, the spirit of the Olympic Games advocated by Coubertin. Coubertin is regarded as the “Father of the Modern Olympics” since his idea has been carried down intact to this day.
The Olympics have offered a chance for people to think about the global environment since the term “environment” was recently updated to “sports” and “culture” as a subject of the Games. The competitors’ enthusiasm and feelings, along with the environmental aspects, will bring people from all around the world together during these Games.