First Modern Day Olympics: How Brazil Can Learn From The History Of Olympics


First modern day Olympics happened on April 6, 1896, exactly 1,500 years ago. This momentous date marked the rebirth of the long-lost tradition of ancient Greece. The Olympic games began at Olympia in 776 B.C. It was held every four years, coinciding the religious celebration honoring the Greek god, Zeus. Contestants grew in numbers, from 12 cities to over 100 cities sent their athletes to fight for honor and prestige. From foot race, sports included in the Olympic games included wrestling, boxing, horse and chariot racing, and military competitions. However, the rise of the Roman Empire seized the celebration of the Olympics. Roman Emperor Theodosius I, a Christian, stopped the games in 393 A.D. This was an attempt to control any pagan activities within the Empire. It was through a young French baron, Pierre de Coubertin, that the idea of reviving the Olympic Games began. And where will it be held? Athens, Greece!Like us on Facebook Sports Injuries: Facts You Need To Know According to History Channel, the 1896 Olympics saw a lot of firsts. “The 1896 Olympics also featured the first marathon competition, which followed the 25-mile route run by a Greek soldier who brought news of a victory over the Persians from Marathon to Athens in 490 B.C.”, it said. The first years of the Olympics were a struggle. It lacked financial support and was affected by world affairs. But in 1924, the Paris Olympics shed some spotlight to the dimming future of the revived sporting spectacle. Olympics has been regarded as the foremost international sporting event. Every four years, countries compete to win the honor and shoulder the expenses for the prestigious event. After all, all eyes are on them and that can translate to tourism, businesses and investors. Brazil will host the 2016 Olympics. With five months to go, a political issue in the air and a zika virus threat, Rio de Janeiro’s spotlight is dwindling. Ticket sales for the games are still below 50 percent. Could the Olympic Games change Brazil’s future? Let’s wait and see. Photo: History/Photobing