The Olympics

Olympic Games originated in ancient Greece and was revived in the late 19th century. It is currently organized and governed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Before the 1970s the Games were officially limited to competitors with amateur status, but in the 1980s many events were opened to professional athletes.

In 1924 the Winter Games were sanctioned for winter sports.

The Games are organized every four years. In 2012, the Olympics was hosted by my home city London. This year, Tokyo is supposed to host the Olympics but it has been cancelled due to COVID 19.

The Games have primarily been hosted in the continents of Europe (32 editions) and Americas (14 editions); seven Games have been hosted in Asia and two have been hosted in Oceania. In 2010, Singapore became Southeast Asia’s first Olympic host city for the inaugural Summer Youth Olympics, while Rio de Janeiro became South America’s first Olympic host city with the 2016 Summer Olympics, followed by Buenos Aires with the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics. The 2022 Summer Youth Olympics in Dakar will become the first-ever Games to be held on the African continent.


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