20 Aug 2021




“One shouldn’t be afraid to lose, This is sport.”

The first modern Olympics were held in Athens, Greece, in 1896. The idea of Olympic torch or Olympic flame was first inaugurated in the 1928 Olympic games in Amsterdam. The Olympic oath was introduced in 1920. The Modern Olympic flag of five linked rings, each with a primary color used in the flags of the nations competing in the games, was introduced in 1908. The Olympic Games are considered the world's foremost sports competition with more than 200 nations participating. The Olympic Games are normally held every four years, alternating between the Summer and Winter Olympics every two years in the four-year period.

The main idea behind Olympic movement is to contribute to building a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport practiced without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity, and fair.

Olympics aims beyond sports. This is only achievable through the sheer scale of the Olympics and the number of countries and sports involved. When we talk about the pre-independence era, India sent its first athlete to the Summer Olympics for the 1900 Games, but an Indian national team did not compete at the Summer Olympics until 1920. The Indian Olympic movement was then established during the 1920s: some founders of this movement was Dorabji Tata, A.G. Noehren (Madras College of Physical Education), H.C. Buck (Madras College of Physical Education), Moinul Haq (Bihar sports associations), S. Bhoot (Bombay Olympic Association), A.S. Bhagwat (Deccan Gymkhana), and Guru Dutt Sondhi (Punjab Olympic Association); Lt. Col H.L.O. Garrett (from the Government College Lahore and Punjab Olympic Association) and Sagnik Poddar (of St. Stephen's School) helped organize some early national games; and prominent patrons included Maharajas and royal princes such as Bhupinder Singh of Patiala Ranjhit singh of Nawanagar, the Maharaja of Kapurthala, and the Maharaja of Burdwan.

Olympics has the highest contribution when it comes to women empowerment. Which could be seen by looking at women achievers. In the 2000 Sydney Olympics two-time World Championship gold medalist Karnam Malleshwari won a bronze medal in the Women's 69 kg weightlifting category. It was the first-ever Olympic medal won by an Indian woman. Saina Nehwal won a bronze medal in badminton in Women's singles getting the country's first Olympic medal in badminton. Pugilist Mary Kom became the first Indian woman to win a medal in boxing with her bronze medal in Women's flyweight division.

In conclusion, the Olympics are of fundamental religious importance as the events were held in parallel with rituals to honour Zeus and Pelops, mythical kings of Olympia- the location of the original Olympic ‘stadium’

Author : Homeflic Wegrow

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