The origins of The Olympic Games
The Games history dates back around 3,000 years, to the Peloponnese in Ancient Greece. The exact time that the Games began is unknown, but 776BC is often cited in written sources when referencing the Games. During ancient times in Greece, sports contests organised at Olympia took place every four years, similar to now, and was eventually given the name ‘The Olympic Games’
From what we know, the four-year interval between the Ancient Games editions was named an ‘Olympiad’, which was used for dating purposes at the same, as rather than having a year, time was counted in Olympiads.
The origin of the Games and exactly why they began all those years ago is still unknown. Stories of the Games have often been mixed up with Greek mythology, and therefore we are unable to distinguish between fact and fiction. However, we do know that the premise of the Games remains the same, athletes coming together to compete in their sports from different areas of countries and now the world.
In 1894, Pierre de Coubertin launched his plan to revive the Olympic Games in the modern age. In 1896 the first Olympic Games of our era were held in Athens, Greece.
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