The History And Future Of The Olympics

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The History and Future of the Olympics


It is the year 2004, and everyone who is anyone in the world of athletics is headed to Athens, Greece. To some people Athens is just an ancient city where the myths of Hercules and Zeus were originated, but this year, it's not just an ancient city, it's a reunion of where sports began. Even thought they won't be played in the nude it will still be considered a reunion. That's right; the Olympics are headed back to their hometown of Athens, or at least it's close enough. However, looking back on the years, both modern and ancient, there has been quite a change in our Olympic events.

The ancient Olympic event was all about glory, athleticism and total representation of one's own country. It seems to me that the Olympics have lost some of its touch when it comes to athleticism (cryptoworld.com). In addition, whatever happened to the idea of Amateur Athleticism? There was even a federation called International Amateur Athletics Federation formed, and it was stated that in order to participate in the Olympics, one must not be paid. Now, in modern terms, all they must do is take a break from being paid in their professional season to participate. The motto of the ancient Olympics is "Citius, Altius, Fortius", which in terms that we understand, "Faster, Higher, Stronger". Where are these three words are interpreted in table tennis, archery, equestrian, race walking, curling, synchronized swimming, synchronized diving (Contoni). These "games" just are not exciting and have nothing to do with the motto "Citius, Altius, Fortius". So, what does make an Olympic sport a sport? The answer is a majority of vote or enough complaints about discrimination against a sport that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) just says, "ok your 'game' can be an Olympic sport".

In the next few pages I am going to let you know a few myths about the Olympics, how they were revived, and a few facts about how to become an Olympian at a board game.

Most people believe that the Olympics started around 776B.C. at Olympia (in southern Greece) and were held every four years around August or September. Records show that these festivals ended around 393A.D. They were held to honor the Greek god, Zeus. Zeus had a grand stadium in which the competitions were held. At the stadium, a visitor could only view nine sports: foot races, which were measured to be approximately 200, 400 and 4,000 meters in length, the pentathlon (discus, long jump, javelin, running and wrestling), wrestling, boxing, pankration (a combination of wrestling and boxing in which everything was allowed except biting and gouging; kicking, strangling and breaking fingers were all allowed), a foot race wearing amour, and a four-horse and a two horse chariot race. The women were not even allowed to watch because of the deathly violence that the fighting events could bring. All events, except for the amoured foot race and the chariot race were done in the nude. The...

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