The Olympic Games
1896-2012  
Joining the World Together in Harmony

As perhaps the biggest international event in the history of the world, the Olympic Games are comprised of both summer and winter variants which include international teams competing together to see who can run faster, jump higher and reign as the strongest in their field. The Olympic Games are currently held every two years, with the Summer and Winter Olympics alternating between each other.

The very first Olympic Games were held in Olympia, Greece, from around the 8th century BC to the 4th century BC. In 1894, Baron Pierre de Coubertin established the International Olympic Committee (IOC) which became the regulatory governing body for the entire Olympic movement, whose rules and structure are defined and carried out by the Olympic charter, and based upon fair play, sportsmanship and peace for all nations involved.

Currently, more than 200 countries from all around the world compete in the Olympic Games – but it wasn’t always like that. The incredible evolution of the Olympic movement during the 20th century (as well as the 21st) has seen numerous adjustments along the way. Some include the creation of the Winter Olympics, the Youth Olympics, as well as the Paralympics for those who are disabled.

As the cheif decision making body for the Olympic Games, the IOC is responsible for electing a new city to host the Games every four years. The host city is then resposible for organising, planning and funding the celebration of the Games, ensuring that it conforms to the Olympic Games Charter, in complience with IOC rules.

Incredibly, the Olympic Games have grown quite consistantly since their inception in 1896, to the point where just about every nation in the entire world is represented. Nevertheless, the Games have not been without controversy with several instances including terrorism, boycotts, bribery and doping all giving organisers a challenge in how they attempt to operate present and future Olympic Games.