Yes! This is the Olympic Season, and I am pretty excited about it. Just imagine, the athletes from all around the globe will gather at one place.
I am Lakshay R Goyal and welcome to Humanitarian. Today, I will be Discussing about “Quick Knowledge of Olympics in Next 2 Minutes.”
So, before starting let’s first know what it is. Olympics or the Olympic Game is an international sporting event which involves participation of global athletes. It comprises Summer and Winter Olympics.
Olympics 2020 which were cancelled due to Covid-19 has begun from 23 July 2021 and will continue till 8 August 2021. The athletes from 206 countries have already arrived and have started competing.
With the Fire in their Spirits, each athlete wants to score medals. Let’s see who conquers most of them. Being an Indian, I wish Team India to give their best and win the medals.
Well, I can’t be a part of them, but the least I can do is tell you all about the History of India in the Olympics. So, let’s start.
Team India in Olympics:
India participated in the Olympics in the year 1900 for the first time, where their only Athlete was Norman Pritchard who won two silver medals.
Till date, India has won 29 medals including 9 Gold, 8 Silver and 12 Bronze. India has sent a team of 127 participants for the Tokyo Olympics this time for the 18 sport competition.
Highlights: Mira Bai Chanu has already won a silver medal in Female Weightlifting.
Bharat Army: Men In Blue
The Indian Hockey Team which is the highly successful team in the Olympics, has been a talk of town since 1928. Team India won their first Gold Medal in Hockey in 1928. In 1928-1956 India won all the Gold medals in Olympics leading to their unbeatable streak. Particularly in Hockey, India has won 8 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals.
What’s different about the Olympics 2021?
The Olympic Games happening there are very different from the ones that have happened till now. There are various changes happening this year. For instance,
- Due to Covid-19, The seating capacity of spectators is reduced.
- Each and Every Participant has to go under regular Covid tests. If they are found Positive, then they are not allowed to participate.
- Strict rules are to be followed like wearing masks, maintaining social distance and regular sanitization.
I know that you like facts as much as I do. So, I have presented 5 facts about “The Olympics” which can give you goosebumps.
5 FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT OLYMPICS.
The Name Thesaurus:
The Naming of Olympics dates back to the time of Greek Gods, namely Zeus. It is believed that the Demigod Heracles staged this event in the Honour of Zeus, as he helped him conquer a state.
This event was held in the city of Olympia and that’s where the name derived from.
An Old Game:
Do you know how old the Olympics can be? Well! I know. The first written records of Olympics dates back to 776 BC when a cook, Coroebus, won the only event.
This event was a 192-meter foot race. As he was the sole runner, he was the sole winner as well. So, he became the first Olympic champion.
But, if the Olympics are that old, then why don’t we include their chapters in our boring History books? This question can be answered in the next fact.
The Event Died:
The information about the Olympics in Medieval History can’t be found, because it was banned.
Centuries old events came to a sudden end in the 4th Century AD, due to only one person, the Christian Roman emperor Theodosius I. He banned all the Pagan Festivals including the Olympics due to Political reasons and programs.
Alas! We lost the games for a huge interval of time.
A Modern Beginning:
After the ban on Ancient Olympics, a new ray of hope emerged in 1892. A Frenchman Pierre de Coubertin, proposed the idea of reviving the Olympics. Two years later the International Olympic Committee was set up.
This led to the First Game of Modern Olympics in Athens, Greece in 1896.
A Disturbing Schedule:
The Olympics have seen a lot of disturbing schedules which eventually led to either the cancellation or postponement of the event.
- In the year of 1916, Berlin Olympics were cancelled on account of World War-I.
- In the years 1940 & 1944, Tokyo Olympics & London Olympics were cancelled due to World War-II.
- And in the Year 2020, Tokyo Olympics got postponed due to Global Pandemic of Covid-19, and got rescheduled in 2021.
The Olympics is not just an event which occurs every 4 years. It is the dream of many sportsmen to prove their hard work. Athletes from all over the world come to prove that they are the best. Ultimately only one becomes the winner.
So, I want to challenge all the readers to give their best in whichever field they are aiming, be it medical or banking exams or whatever.
With this, I want to end this article on a happy note and wish all the readers a thank you.
~ Lakshay R Goyal