The Olympic Games are a long-standing tradition that dates back to Ancient Greece. It was a big celebration. The basic traditions of the Ancient Games are still preserved in the modern Olympic Games, including the opening, closing and victors ceremonies.
More than 200 countries participate in the modern Olympic Games. The Olympic Games are unlike any other sporting competition.
The International Olympic Committee oversees all aspects of the Games. This includes deciding which country will host future events and determining the location of each venue.
The International Olympic Committee makes sure that every Olympic celebration conforms to the Olympic Charter of 1920.
The modern Olympic Games has evolved beyond the influence of their ancient predecessor. The Olympic Games include both summer and winter-based events.
The Olympic Movement has also expanded its influence to create Paralympic, Special Olympics and Deaf Olympics for people with hearing impairments, cognitive disabilities, or physical disabilities.
Youth Olympics is a competition for teenagers who are eligible. The Olympic Games featured only amateur athletes competing against each other at the time.
The International Olympic Committee saw the potential for technological advancements in the 20th and 21st centuries and decided to include more professional athletes in competitions. This was especially true after the Games began receiving media coverage and corporate sponsorship.
The modern Olympic Games were founded in 1896 and only 14 countries and 241 athletes participated. The Games now include 204 countries, and 10500 athletes. Every four years, the most popular celebration is during summer. The winter celebration is smaller.
Most of the athletes stay in the Olympic Village during the Games. This is a small, furnished home that offers food, medical treatments and other services.
Despite being criticized by those who don’t believe that the Olympics should be divided according to disability, the International Olympic Committee continues its efforts to meet the cultural standards of all participating countries.
In the past, athletes with disabilities have been able to participate in regular Olympics regardless of their disability.
The same opportunity exists today, but critics still feel the division promotes social inequalities at an event that is supposed to bring together people.
The Modern Olympic Games saw many cancellations during the Second and First World Wars. These turbulent times saw a strong sense of nationalism emerge that was clearly expressed during the Games.
The Games could be cancelled by struggling countries in today’s political, economic and social climate. This is a similar situation as it was during the early 1900s.
The International Olympic Committee was a bit skeptical about London hosting the 2012 Olympics following the 2011 riots.
The IOC is facing increasing challenges as the Games grow in size and wonder. These include doping, social upheaval and terrorism, boycotts, bribery, and doping.
After the Atlanta, Georgia, pipe bomb explosion at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, counterterrorism units responded to protect future celebrations from possible attacks.