The Olympic Games
Today, the Olympic Games are the world’s largest athletic skill and competitive games. More than 200 nations participate in these games. Generally, the games occur every four years. The Olympic Games have a long history. The first Olympic Games at Olympia were held in 776 BC. The tradition of the game comes from the Greece. The Greece first held it at the foot of Mount Olympus. That was almost three thousand years ago. Baron Pierre de Coubertin, a France man, is the father of the modern Olympic Games. He founded the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1894. As a result, the Olympics shifted away from pastime, to allow the participation of professional athletes. The ancient Olympics had some differences from the modern Games. There were fewer events, and only free men who spoke Greek could compete, instead of athletes from any country. Women were not allowed to even watch the games on penalty of death let alone play in them. Both the modern and Ancient Olympics have close similarities in their purpose and in their problems. Now 13000 athletes compete in 33 different sports in Olympic Games. The world has already seen 29 Olympic Games. The 30th Olympic Games took place in London in 2012. Now a days, the games become more popular to the audiences and the competitors.