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Aug 01, 2017 at 12:31

The Olympic Games are undoubtedly the grandest, most prestigious and the foremost international sporting event featuring more than 40 sports, 300 events and 200 participating countries. Founded by French Educator Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the creation was inspired by the ancient Olympic Games, held in Olympia, Greece, from 8th century BC to the 4th century AD. Here’s how it all began.

Athens, 1896

The First Modern Olympic Games are held at the place of the birth of the Olympics, with 14 participating countries and 43 events. No women competed in the games, as de Coubertin felt that their inclusion would be “impractical, uninteresting and incorrect.”

Paris, 1900

Women take part in the games, for the first time in the history of modern Olympics, 11 women are allowed to play lawn tennis and golf.

St. Louis, 1904

The first modern Olympic Games, where gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded for first, second and third prize, respectively.

London, 1908

For the first time, athletes march into the stadium behind their respective national flags.

Stockholm, 1912

For the first time, competitors come from all five continents. Women are allowed to participate in swimming events.

Berlin, 1916

The Games are cancelled due to the World War I.

Antwerp, 1920

For the first time the Olympic oath is uttered, the Olympic flag hoisted and doves released to symbolize peace.

Amsterdam, 1928

These games are the first to bear the name Summer Olympic Games and the Olympic torch is also lit for the first time.

Berlin, 1936

The Games mark the debut of the torch relay. In what may be the most famous incident in Olympic history, Jesse Owens wins four gold medals, thereby shaming the German claims of Aryan superiority.

1940 – 1944

The Games are cancelled due to World War II.

London, 1948

Japan’s worldwide image is given a boost, with more than $3 billion being spent to celebrate the Olympics. South Africa is banned from the Olympics because of apartheid, and not allowed in the games till the system is abolished in 1992.

Mexico, 1968

For the first time, drug and alcohol testing takes place. In a historic moment, Americans Tommie Smith and John Carlos raise their fists in a Black Power salute on the winning podium after the 200m race; the two are immediately suspended from the Games and deported from the country.

Munich, 1972

The Games are marred by the Munich massacre, where 11 Israeli athletes are killed.

Moscow, 1980

The US boycotts the games in protest against USSR’s invasion in Afghanistan. Many other countries follow suit.

Los Angeles, 1984

In retaliation to the US boycott, USSR boycotts the games, followed by other Eastern bloc countries.

Barcelona, 1992

For the first time in decades, every single nation with an Olympic Committee shows up, including Cuba, North Korea, and South Africa. A record 172 nations participate, represented by 10,563 athletes.

Sydney, 2000

The ‘Games of the New Millennium’ generate much interest worldwide and the host city Sydney also wins the ‘Pierre de Coubertin Trophy.’

Athens, 2004

After 108 years, the Games return to their birthplace, Greece.

Rio, 2016

The 2016 Summer Olympics, commonly known as Rio 2016, takes place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from August 5 to August 21, 2016.

Anahita Garg

Student Reporter