The ancient Greeks held sporting contest over 2,000 years ago. In 1896, a French- man called Baron Pierre de Coubertin prompted the revival of the Olympic Games. The first modern Olympics were held in
The Olympic flag:
The Olympic flag has a plain white background with no border. In the center are five rings forming two rows of three rings above and two below. The rings of the upper row are, from left to right, blue, black and red. The rings of the lower row are yellow and green. The rings are thought to symbolize the five continents: Europe, Asia, Africa,
The Olympic flame is a symbol carried over from the ancient Olympics, where a sacred flame burned at the altar of Zeus throughout competition. It was finally reintroduced at the 1924 Amsterdam Games and again burned in 1932
Carl Diem, chairman of the organizing committee for the 1936 Berlin Games, proposed that the flame be lit in
The flame is lit at the ancient site of
"The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph, but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered, but have fought well"
There have been many permutations of this basic message throughout Games history, through this is the current creed which appears on the scoreboard during the Opening Ceremony. Baron de Coubertin adopted, and later quoted, this creed after hearing the Bishop of Central Pennsylvania, Ethelbert Talbot, speak at a service for Olympic athletes during the 1908 London Games.
What are the paralympics ?
In 1960, in