Olympics, the oldest sports event in history.
The Olympics have been around for a century
There are still some things about them that you might not know. The Olympic Games* are a series of international competitions among representatives of different countries.
From how many events there are to how often summer Olympics happen, these facts will give you a better understanding of what it means to compete in the Olympic games!
The games are most often held every four years, with the Summer and Winter Olympics alternating by occurring every two years. Beginning in 2020, there will be an additional winter Olympics being held in Tokyo for the next 12 seasons before returning to Pyeongchang in 2032.
The games have been going on since ancient Greece, and they continue today. There is always some controversy that goes along with them, but this year has taken center stage. Will there be repercussions for protesting with athletes taking a knee and raising their fists during the anthem?
The Olympics held every 4 years
The Olympics event is a worldwide event that is most often held every four years. The summer games were in 2020, and the winter games will be in Tokyo from 2020-2032 before returning to Pyeongchang, Korea.
The Olympic Games were first recorded by one of Greece’s earliest historians (Herodotus), who wrote about a sporting festival organized in ancient Olympia on the Peloponnese Peninsula – southwest Asia Minor – nearly three thousand five hundred years ago.
In the summer Olympics, there is always a gold medalist in each event. There have been more than one hundred summer Olympic games!
I can’t believe it’s already time for the 2020 Summer Olympics to kick off in Tokyo!
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided that after awarding both cities hosting rights together with Madrid as an option – Paris was awarded 2024 and Los Angeles 2028 on September 13th, 2017 !!!
The IOC also announced which city will host the 2032 Winter Olympics:
With this decision, they would break from their tradition of alternating between Winter Games hosted by European countries and those held in Asia-Pacific nations.
What are the benefits of the Olympics?
The most significant benefits of the Olympics are that it brings people from different countries together and positively impacts host cities.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said that hosting the Summer Games boosts employment by up to 12%.
It also helps tourism in general as many visitors come for the games but stay after. This means more money being spent in restaurants/hotels etc.
Why do people protest against the Olympics?
Protesting against the Olympics is a common practice in the world. Some people think that the government has spent too much money on this event which can be used for other purposes.
Some people believe they need to protest against the Olympics because they are not happy with the current situation of their country or so-called “government.”
Over time, there have been many political demonstrations like the 1984 Los Angeles Games, Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992.
Why does it take four years for the Olympics?
It takes about four years to plan the Olympics. Organizing committees have to set standards and guidelines for a successful event, find sponsors and partners who will be willing to fund it.
develop an Olympic budget that is affordable but also meets high-quality requirements, selects a candidate city, create bidding documents that include exhaustive information.
This is about transportation infrastructure and accommodations in the host country before submitting them to International Olympic Committee. The first winter Olympics happened in 1924 when they were held at Chamonix on Mont Blanc Mountain range near Geneva.
How many disciplines are there in the Olympics?
In the summer, there are 22 disciplines of summer Olympic sport. In the winter, there is a mix of alpine skiing and snowboarding events and skating and figure-skating competitions.
What is the Olympic Games list?
The games list has a variety of sports at the summer and winter Olympics.
Summer Olympic Games: aquatics, archery, athletics (track & field), badminton, basketball, boxing/wrestling (freestyle), canoeing/kayaking (slalom), cycling (road race time trial), equestrianism eventing dressage show jumping ), fencing, football, golf, gymnastics all in the floor events and trampoline only).
Winter Olympic Games: bobsleigh or skeleton bobsleigh curling ice hockey luge snowboarding short track speed skating figure skating.
What is the Olympic motto?
The motto says “Citius, Altius, Fortius,” which means: faster, higher, stronger.